When Allison Fohr saw her junior classmate Maya Reyes score from 20 yards out, she knew she had to make the goal stand.
Fohr performed her job flawlessly, making 13 saves in goal and leading Lafayette Jeff to a 1-0 victory over No. 19 West Lafayette in the Harrison Sectional championship match Saturday.
"Before the game, we knew we were the underdogs," Fohr said. "I knew after that one goal they would come out 10 times harder, so I told our defense that it was basically 0-0 after one goal and we have to work 10 times harder."
In the 16th minute, Reyes pulled up and booted a deep goal just over the outstretched hands of WL keeper Anna Searle.
Reyes knew the Bronchos had to take advantage of opportunities and capitalized when given a clear look at the net.
"I just wanted to go for it. I saw the goal and it spoke to me," Reyes said. "I felt like I had a chance. You never know. I thought it went over (the goal) at first, so when people started attacking me, I got super excited."
Saturday's win was the Bronchos' second sectional title. The other came in 2004 when assistant coach Erin Hamrick was a player for the Bronchos.
Despite controlling the time of possession, the Red Devils couldn't put a shot past Fohr, who made 10 saves in the second half and handed WL (13-2-4) its second loss of the season.
The Red Devils had won three of the last four sectional titles and defeated Lafayette Jeff 3-0 in the regular season.
With 20 minutes remaining, Jessica Bernard was on a fast break when Reyes made a defensive play on the ball. Five minutes later, Carissa Pekny nearly scored, but Fohr batted the ball and collected it before the Red Devils could charge and push in the loose ball.
The Bronchos (8-10-1) nearly put the game away in the 70th minute when freshman Kaylee Simms fired a shot off the crossbar.
Junior Krissy Bruce tore her ACL in May and began playing with the Bronchos in September, then had to take another injury break from the sport. On Saturday, she made perhaps the biggest play of the team's season.
With 2:20 left, Bruce got a takeaway in the box, which allowed the Bronchos to clear the ball and halt WL's final scoring threat.
"It was very key," Jeff coach Coleen Hamrick said. "I had pulled her back to that midfield position because I thought if we needed it, she could recover quickly and use her speed."
The Red Devils were able to penetrate against the Broncho defense early in the second half, taking five shots in the first 12 minutes -- four on goal. But each time, the defense prevailed.
"They were very opportunistic," WL coach Aaron Blessing said. "They were good defensively, they were good in the air and they were a very physical team. We put a lot of pressure on them, but not a lot of quality shots for us."
The Bronchos advance to Saturday's Logansport Regional to face Kokomo (12-7). Lafayette Jeff defeated the Wildkats 4-1 during the regular season.