ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Within the break between the top of regulation and the beginning of extra time, Oak Glen head coach Invoice Watts informed his group that somebody had an opportunity to go away Pink Satan Stadium like a hero.
That somebody additionally ended up being a fairly unlikely hero, as freshman Macy Hartung’s shot into the again of the web ended up being the one aim within the five-round shootout, main the Golden Bears to a sixth straight title. of OVAC Class 4A with a win over rival Weir Excessive.
“I informed the women that is what we’re speaking about, the prospect to win an OVAC championship,” Watts stated. “We have received six as a present, however lots of these ladies had been beginning at their first OVAC championship. I informed them that is their likelihood to be a hero, and it seems that it was the freshmen who ended up being heroes after a few our seniors sadly bought misplaced. You by no means know who it’ll be.
“Congratulations to Weir, they’ve had an amazing season and this was an amazing sport. We now have performed towards them twice and each instances have been tough”.
That vitality additionally reached the ears of a dejected group, because the Golden Bears noticed a 1-Zero lead slip away within the closing minute in harrowing trend when Weir Excessive’s Olivia Baker fired a cross that tipped off a defender. Oak Glen and to even the rating and power extra time simply 39 seconds earlier than the Bears thought the celebration would start.
Standout Kami Ward’s aim within the first half on an help from Maeghan Fisher ended up being the one aim for the Golden Bears (11-Zero-2). Alexus Greenlief, the Bears’ standout goaltender, appeared poised to sort out till the fortuitous rebound by the Pink Riders (10-1-Three).
Greenlief, nonetheless, made a few saves in extra time after which did not enable any of Weir’s 5 shooters to attain within the penalty shootout.
“I actually wish to give lots of credit score to our protection,” Watts stated. “We have performed nice group protection all yr…however with out Lex there, we’re not the place we’re proper now. He got here up with cease after cease late within the sport. There was nothing she may do in regards to the aim on the finish of regulation time, and within the penalty shootout, I have been on the earth of soccer for a very long time and I’ve by no means seen a goalkeeper who did not concede a aim in a shootout. penalties”.
For the Pink Riders, who carried a lot of the sport within the second half and had a number of possibilities to attain in each regulation and extra time, what was listed on the official scoresheet as a draw was tough to simply accept after tying the sport. and apparently having the drive.
“It was a superb sport, we fought and we had our possibilities”, Weir’s head coach Jeremy Angelo stated. “In terms of PK. something can occur. They’re highschool guys… We hit good balls, (Greenlief) made two good saves and we simply did not get the ball within the corners. We have labored on them, it simply did not occur for us.
“I am pleased with them, taking part in in these circumstances and going to OT and PK with that group, they labored onerous and gave it their all.”
The Pink Riders’ solely regulation lack of the season additionally got here to Oak Glen in an in depth sport earlier within the season.
Each groups needed to battle the circumstances and one another as the sport was performed in a torrential rain storm.
“It was tough circumstances for everybody,” Watts stated. “The rain, the wind, had an impact.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Weir Excessive: Journey to Linsly on Tuesday.
Oak Glen: Journey to Wheeling Central on Tuesday.