More PKs in Girls’ V Soccer: Blue Nips White
For the second straight week in the Blue/White Series, a girls’ varsity soccer contest was decided in penalty kicks following a tie score in regulation and extra time. On October 24, the teams went to a shootout tied 2–2, and the Blue Team converted its final three penalty attempts in a wild sequence of events to claim the win.
All four goals prior to the shootout came in the second half, including three goals in the last six minutes of regulation. The White Team’s Harriet Brown ’22 opened the scoring in the 39th minute, and teammate Susan Concordia ’22 made it 2–0 in the 55th minute when she dribbled nearly the entire length of the right sideline and laced a shot past Blue keeper Caroline Simpson ’22.
But the Blue Team stormed back with a furious rally to send the game to extra time with goals from a pair of ninth graders. Madison Goodhart ’24 brought the Blue within 2–1 when she gathered an errant goalkeeper clearance and found the net in the 57th minute, and Nora Smith ’24 tied things up in the 59th minute when she won a scrum in front of the goal. Two five-minute overtime periods were scoreless, forcing the teams to a shootout.
The shootout had an inauspicious start for both teams; the first four shots were missed, including one that caromed off the right post (the Blue’s Cate Vickery ’22) and one that hit the crossbar (the White’s Jolie Viener ’21). Each goalkeeper (Simpson for the Blue and the White squad’s Sammy Titus ’23) made a save.
Kicking third, Goodhart converted her shot to give the Blue a 1–0 lead, and after a second White attempt (this time by Chantler Newton ’21) struck the crossbar, Paloma Tellez ’22 scored to make it 2–0. Lucy Bowman ’21 kept the White Team alive with a successful attempt to pull within 2–1, but Caroline Wilkinson ’23 found the upper-left corner of the net to clinch the victory for the Blue.
One final game remains in the series next weekend. Check back later in the week for the date and time.