Indians scrape by Pirates in double OT
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — After claiming its first district title since 2009 on Friday, Keystone Heights girls soccer coach David McCollum said he was hoping his team wasn't going to have a let down.
The Indians didn't disappoint on a brisk Wednesday night in a Class 2A, Region 2 quarterfinal.
In the match's 93rd minute Raychel Trimble scored off of a nice pass from Morgan Gibbs to give Keystone Heights a 3-2 double-overtime win over Crystal River.
Gibbs and Madison Colaw each scored for the Indians, who also won their first regional-playoff match since 2009. Keystone Heights will travel to powerhouse Ocala Trinity Catholic, state semifinalists a year ago, for Saturday night's regional semifinals.
“These girls are tremendous and they rose to the occasion,” McCollum said. “You have to keep trying and that was what I am proud of, that they didn't give up.”
The Pirates (11-11-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute as Christina Bresson drilled a shot from about 10 yards out on the left side that deflected off Indians goalkeeper Haley Arzie and into the net.
The Indians (19-3-1) answered back in the 27th minute as Morgan Gibbs chested in a rebound to knot the score at 1-1.
Keystone Heights got off to a fast start in the second half. In the 44th minute, Trimble took a shot right at Pirates goalkeeper Minnah Barajas from about 10 yards out on the left side. Barajas bobbled the ball and Madison Colaw buried the rebound for her 38th goal of the season to give the Indians a 2-1 edge.
Then it was the Pirates turn to respond. Natalie Ezzell ripped a shot from about 17 yards straight away that went off the hands of Arzie and into the back of the net, evening the score at 2-2 in the 57th minute.
Both clubs went back and forth for the remainder of regulation and for the first 10-minute overtime period. However, three minutes into the second overtime, Gibbs tracked down a ball in the right corner that seemed to be headed out of bounds. The sophomore midfielder turned and sent a nice cross in front of the goal. Trimble placed it into the net inside the far post for the game-winner.
Each team had seven shots on goal, with Barajas stopping four shots for the Pirates and Arzie making five saves for the Indians.