Neither team could score through 80 minutes of regulation.
Whichever team defended the north goal throughout the match, not only had to play against its opponent, but also the wind.
Yet when the girls high school soccer match between Washington and Mt. Pleasant on Monday went to overtime, it took just 1 minute, 4 seconds for the visiting Panthers to score in the south goal.
“We play our games at East Lake and the wind blows like this every time. Even on a calm day, it’s not calm there, so we are used to it,” Panthers coach Brennan Williams said.
Of course, it helped that a foul was called and Mt. Pleasant was awarded a free kick that led to the game-ending goal.
“I think they called it because our goalkeeper was outside the box,” Washington coach Protacio Marcelino said. “It would’ve been a different story if she was inside the box. So that’s why they called it a foul.”
“Me and the goalie just collided,” Panther Sydney Doak said about the foul. “She is really good about coming out and getting those balls. The goalie and I both went at it at the same time, so we both went down.”
Demon goalkeeper Olivia Pacha stopped the resulting free kick, but the ball wasn’t cleared and Doak ended the match when she placed the rebound in the net for the 1-0 Southeast Conference win.
“Mary West had a really good hit into the goal and I just followed through,” Doak said of the winning score. “It was really all my teammates. They make my part easy. I never like going into overtime because it is golden goal. We just had to get it in there quick before the other team did. We were lucky. We have gone into penalty kicks in other games, so I was glad we didn’t go to that today.”
“I don’t think the goal was lucky,” Marcelino said. “(Mt. Pleasant) did a good job.”
“It was definitely an eventful game for being 0-0,” Williams said. “There was a lot of stress in the game. I’m glad we got the break we did in the overtime.The team was fired up about going into overtime. Unfortunately this is not our first overtime game, so we know what to expect.”
It was Washington‘s first overtime game.
“We tried our best,” Marcelino said. “The girls did what they could.Win or lose, it was a tough game.”
Washington’s Yulisma Torres was hurt in the first minute of the match, but returned to play, then was injured again with 35 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the game and didn’t return.
Washington was shut out for the third consecutive game. Trina Griffin had three shots on goal while Greta Rothe and Alivia Emry had one each.
“We definitely knew coming into this game that we were going to be playing a different kind of Washington team,” Doak said. “One that was different than what they have had in the past five years. It was fun to see them compete at a different level.”
“It was a tough game and that’s kind of what we expected coming into it,” Williams said. “Washington this year has a much improved team with the new coach that they have.”
Mt. Pleasant is 6-1, 4-0 in the SEC. the Panthers play at Fairfield (2-4, 1-2 SEC) Thursday.
“I think the girls are trying really hard, but maybe there is just too much pressure or they are feeling too much pressure about scoring,” Marcelino said. “I think our defense did really good. We are going to keep trying.”
Pacha was the final stopper for the defense and came up with 25 saves.
Washington falls to 5-4 and 2-2 SEC with its next game Thursday at Iowa City Regina (1-2).