PHOTOS ADDED! The St Dominic Crusaders scored 3 minutes into the first overtime period today, winning 2-1 at Visitation in what was likely a preview of a Class 2 Quarterfinal on May 26th. The Crusaders came out fast to start overtime, with Molly Ream’s shot in the first minute going just wide left.
St Dominic attacked again and drew a throw-in deep on the far side. The cross that Bri Ebenroth sent in to the top of the six yard box was knocked down. Emily Monroe one-timed the ball from just inside the 18 yard box for the game-winner. Check out the video below!
PHOTO GALLERY Visitation hosts St Dominic
The match, which drew college coaches from SIUE, Evansville, Drury, Quincy, Truman State and William Woods among others, was a clinic that any youth team would have benefited from. Visitation, the two-time defending champions and St Dominic, who seek to snatch the crown. Both teams came out in 4-4-2 alignments and it was the Vivette’s who drew gasps from the crowd with several opportunities in the first 15 minutes.
About this time, Head Coach Greg Koeller made one simple change. Junior Cristina Rodriguez was dropped into an attacking midfield role while senior Katy Rood moved up into the forward role. The effect was to give Rodriguez more space while Rood paired effectively with Monroe up top. More importantly, the Crusaders began to take greater control of the match.
St Dominic scored first. The play began in the back, with sophomore wing back Sydni Young winning the ball in a physical challenge which she then took into the attack up the right side. She found Monroe with an accurate pass along the touchline. Monroe’s square ball led to some sublime play by her fellow front runner. Haley Ennis received the ball and at full pace, with a simple touch, put the ball into her path allowing her to break in on goal with the defender trailing her. As the keeper came out, Ennis finished simply, touching the ball with the outside of her foot and it rolled just inside the near upright. I’m trying to do it justice but feel inadequate, check out the interview with Haley below for more details.
Visitation tied the game in the 75th when a Crusader defender was called for a handball in the box. The penalty was taken by Liz Hopkins. Sophomore Sarah Price played a large role for the Vivette’s with her efforts from her left midfield position this evening, working to service her forwards as well as making some excellent overlapping runs that allowed her to get off some shots of her own.