HURRICANE - Brittany Minor is on the clock and she's not leaving anything on the field.
The senior scored two goals in rapid succession Tuesday night to lead host Hurricane past Capital 4-0. A crowd of about 100 attended the matchup of Class AAA girls state-ranked soccer teams. A moment of silence was held before the game in remembrance of the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
The fire burning inside Minor only became stronger after she had to sit out last year when she transferred from Putnam County rival Winfield, losing her junior season. Now in her final season, Minor realizes she only has so many games left and she's getting the most out of herself and, in the process, elevating her teammates.
"Sitting out a year set the fire under my butt,'' said Minor, who leads the Redskins with 13 goals. "I'm not glad that I [sat out], but it's been the best thing.
"It's made me just work 10 times harder. It makes me want to win and makes me fight harder. I missed 20 games last year so I have to get them back.''
It took Minor less than 13 minutes Tuesday to score and put Hurricane (9-0, No. 2 in this week's state coaches association rankings) up for good 1-0.
Senior Callie McClanahan passed the ball ahead to Minor about 40 yards out and Minor charged down the middle and deposited the ball in the lower left corner.
Minor struck again a little more than two minutes later. Sophomore Audrey Barber sent a pass across the goal line and Minor put a foot on it just outside the right post for a 2-0 edge.
"She's an amazing finisher,'' Hurricane coach Shelly Young said of Minor. "She understands how to play forward. She likes to score goals. Not everybody likes to score goals. She's really good in the air.''
Barber tallied a goal with 5:09 left in the opening half to put the Redskins up 3-0. Hurricane sophomore Abby Watson set the final score with a goal off an assist from McClanahan with 1:54 to go. Redskins sophomore keeper Hannah Thompson turned in four saves to preserve the shutout.