“It was a heart breaker,” coach Gentner said.
“I like watching my team score four goals,” Lukowski said. “It makes me feel a little bit better.”
If the first half, when she had all nine of her saves, she wasn’t watching her offense.
She was sprawling, diving and darting out to shut down the angles as Friends peppered the Sailor goal.
“They were coming in quickly and after I saved it we couldn’t clear the ball out quick enough and they were right there to shoot it right back in, but eventually we were able to get it out,” Lukowski said.
Foster, Reed, Lynn Cullen, Nikki Frank, Rebecca Handa, Molly Farrugia and Ellie Pollack all had shots on goal saved by Lukowski in the first half.
“She (Lukowski) just has that instinct,” Gentner said. “She’s got that goalie smarts and knows when to go for the ball and when to stay back.”
Friends goalie Kathleen Butler (11 saves) also had a strong first half when the Sailors were scoreless.
But, she and the Friends defense couldn’t contain the Sailor heat in the second half.
“They were pumped in the first half, but they were on fire in the second half,” Gentner said.
Friends first-year coach Palmer hopes her team got a lesson from the second half and recovers in time for a non-league game with North Harford on Saturday, before facing another tough league foe, Park, on Monday (Oct. 8).
“I really think they are going to learn from it,” Palmer said. “I think it was a wakeup call.”