Somehow, Northgate hadn’t scored yet. So it sent an extra player forward.
After getting blanked for more than 60 minutes, with attempts blocked, cleared right before the line or saved on a dive – with maybe even one “save” behind the line – the Lady Vikings burst through with the added attacker.
The Lakeside girls soccer team had a late lead but Northgate rallied for a 3-2 win Tuesday in the second round of the Class AAAAA tournament.
Northgate scored three goals in the last 18 minutes to come back from a 1-0 deficit.
“I’m glad we had patience – we were able to keep at it,” Lady Vikings coach Bryan Hicks said. “They did their job tonight; we were just able to get some balls in tonight.”
Micayla Crenshaw scored twice and Lily Barron put in the third Northgate goal.
The late scoring barrage followed the Lady Panthers’ hold on the lead for about 48 minutes following Devin Haygood’s goal.
Lakeside’s Rachel Hardin was a major reason her team stayed in front, diving for one save and then falling on the ball to ensure there would be no rebound goal around two minutes into the game.
About three minutes later, Hardin had the ball in her possession for another save, but Northgate (14-3) thought the ball was actually over the line. Two minutes after that, the Lady Vikings found the bar.
Still up 1-0, the Lady Panthers (13-3-1) blocked shots in bunches in the second half. But the pressure didn’t lessen as Northgate pushed another player forward with 20 minutes to go. The Lady Vikings were finally rewarded with three goals in the last 17:57, and though Cassandra Wade brought Lakeside within 3-2 with 2:06 to go, the Lady Panthers didn’t get another shot.
“I couldn’t ask for more out of them,” Lakeside coach Nick Edmond said.