An early season treat, featuring a pair of State Finalists, host’s St Joe in Class 4 and visitors Summit in Class 3. As is the nature of early season games, there are still opportunities to earn positions and to fine tune systems, something both teams will look to do following today’s match.
PHOTO GALLERY – Summit at St Joe many more to come
The game opened with St Joe earning the majority of the ball and it came to fruition as Jr Paige Balota, a substitute at forward, won a free kick deep in the left corner. The resulting service skipped through and Sr Emily Burton (Xavier) offered a sublime bit of work, appearing headed to the far side in pursuit of the ball but in fact sending a the ball back into the path of So. Maria Haro with the outside of her foot. Haro anticipated well and hammered the ball past Hannah Metzler from inside the six yard box.
Summit, much like they did on Tuesday against Collinsville, fought back quickly. A minute later, Sr Samantha Huffman won a corner kick on the right side. Anna Walsh’s ball to the far side of the six yard box was headed initially by Jr Anna Lawler but Sr Gaby Pacino (Rockhurst) got the last touch on what can best be called a rainbow that found it’s pot of gold in the far side netting as the wind likely played a role in knocking it down while everyone watched.
Haro turned provider in the second half, making a run into the right corner before putting a left footed ball through the box, finding Sr Mallory Stock at the far post where it was simple task to redirect it into the net, continuing Stock’s hot scoring hand in March.
Yet again, Summit struck back quickly. Sr Mackenzie Litsinger (SIUE) received a slotted ball sending her into the box between a pair of defenders. She shed them (look at the picture) and calmly slotted past the GK.
The match finished 2-2 after regulation and two 10 minute overtime periods leading to penalty kicks. St. Joe led off and Kelli Fink saved (pic above). After Gabby Lawlor calmly slotted her shot to the lower left, SJA sent their third wide right. Summit had made each of their opportunities, leading to the fourth shooter for St. Joe. A saved shot was then kicked into the net in celebration but… before it came to a stop. That meant the ball was live and the goal counted, 3-2 advantage Summit after four. Makenzie Litzsinger stepped up, buried her shot and celebration ensued.