Steinbrenner senior Stephanie Hirsch may have said it best Wednesday night: "A bored keeper is a happy keeper."
Hirsch, a talented goalkeeper, may be one of the happiest in the area, and she left Wednesday's 3-0 win over Wharton with a beaming smile.
The Warriors endured a last-minute switch from a home game to travel to Wharton (12-4-4) because of soggy field conditions and Steinbrenner (11-4) administrators hoping to keep their field in shape for next week's girls Class 4A-District 8 tournament.
Steinbrenner's attack was efficient, the defense solid and Hirsch was poised the two times she was tested. In short, the Warriors looked playoff ready, as they will be the No. 2 seed in next week's tournament.
"I think we came back from the time off with a lot of chemistry," Hirsch said. "We have a ton of teamwork, but this is a family and we are right there at the top of where we need to be."
The Warriors' offense, keyed by senior Alexis Bredeau, junior Danielle Darius and sophomore Jessica Taylor, peppered the Wildcats goal. Taylor struck first in the 16th minute after taking a pass from defender Miranda Gonzalez and sending in the decider.
Bredeau added her 25th goal of the season early in the second half, and Megan Haraschak got her first of the season.
In the boys match, Steinbrenner (12-1-3) showed little rust as the Warriors topped Wharton 7-1.
Senior Derek Gebhard sent in the match's first goal 21 seconds in, and Enrique Barboto and Austin Labban each added a pair of goals in the match. Evans Blanc scored the Wildcats' lone goal.