With a team which starts six freshmen and four sophomores, you wouldn't think Bartlett would have much success this season.
But the future is now for the Hawks.
Bolstered by a first half goal from freshman Junior Alba and outstanding play in goal by junior Amanda Lozada, the Hawks were able to scratch out a 1-0 nonconference win over Jacobs in Algonquin Wednesday night.
"Because we have so many freshmen and sophomores people will underestimate us and think we will be just a .500 team, "said Lozada, the lone junior on the team. "This is a very very talented team. We will be much better than .500. I try to be the leader on the team, but they also push me."
Bartlett (5-4) scored the only goal it needed with only 8:39 elapsed in the game. Off a perfect pass from Kaitlin Brohan, Alba skimmed a shot past Jacobs goalie Ellie Samin to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage.
"I got a great pass and I was able to get a good angle to shoot," said Alba. "We are young, but confident. This was a good win against a good team."
Jacobs outshot Bartlett 7-3, but couldn't push a shot past Lozada, who made 6 saves. Payton Berg had two close-in shots on goal, but Lozada made the save in each instance.
With 5:44 left in the game, the Golden Eagles' Kylie Dennison delivered a direct kick on goal, but Lozada made a diving save to preserve the shutout and lead for the Hawks.
"Amanda was absolutely phenomenal in goal for us tonight," said Bartlett coach Heather Thomas. "Jacobs had some great shots on goal, but she made all the saves. As a junior she is the elder statesmen on the team and the leader. She has done a great job so far this season. Sometimes age doesn't matter. We are young, but these girls have played a lot of soccer together. This was a good win against a good physical Jacobs team."
For Jacobs (1-3), Samin registered 3 saves.
"Their goalie was outstanding," said Jacobs coach AJ Cappello. "She made some great saves. We had some great opportunities, but took some shots at bad angles. We defended tough, But I would say 90 percent of what I saw was good."