The overall two seeded South Stokes ladies soccer team dream-season came to a halt in the fourth round of the 1A state playoffs on Monday night when they dropped a 5-4 decision against Lincoln Charter School in the third sudden death overtime period in Walnut Cove. But, even with the loss the Sauras completed their deepest run in the state playoffs since the school opened in 1964.
“I give the girls all the credit because they’ve worked hard together as a team this year,” said Saura coach Danny Bowman. “Tonight we didn’t do it, but we’ve gotten here because we have possessed the ball, played flags and we played wide. But tonight, for some reason we didn’t do that and it hurt us.”
Junior Madison Green tallied her first of two goals with 38:32 showing on the clock for the early 1-0 advantage. Freshman Evan O’Leary connected on her first score 12 minutes later giving the home team a 2-0 cushion.
Lincoln Charter’s Gwen DeYoe put the Eagles on the board on a long shot that just fell over the outstretched hands of Saura goal keeper Summer Coates. Over the next seven minutes, the visitors put two more long shots in the back of the net for a 3-2 lead at the half.
O’Leary didn’t take long to score her second goal of the contest knotting the game at three with 36:17 left. O’Leary’s goal broke the school record for most points scored in a season that Leah Smith held on the 2009 team with 74.
Green gave the Sauras the lead back at 4-3 with 17:32 left in the west region game on an assist from O’Leary. The lead was short lived after the Eagles knotted the game with eight minutes left sending the game to the first of three overtimes.
In the first two overtime periods, the Sauras managed three shots and two kicks to Lincoln Charter’s one, but another long shot from Abby Shultz with 15 seconds left in sudden death overtime fell over the extended hands of Coates.
“They just played together as a team this season, and that’s the biggest thing,” Bowman said. “We return 14 players and now we move forward and work towards next year.”
Green and O’Leary finished with two goals each with O’Leary adding an assist. The freshman finished the season with 77 total points off of 25 goals and 27 assists, while Greene collected 27 goals and eight assists. Coates finished the game with 15 saves and added 135 on the season.
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