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with 13:29 to go in the first half.

“We felt pretty good early, be­ing able to score like we did,” De­catur head coach Sarah Barniecki said. “But we also knew it wasn’t over, nowhere near it. We knew Queen Anne’s was able to come back, and that they could score a lot of goals.” The Lions did just that. Tu­low­itzky took a pass from Tay­lor Shep­pard and scored 11:42 be­fore in­ter­mis­sion to make it 3-1. Sarah Bowyer proved San­tos-Bates’s pre­science about the draw mo­ments later, win­ning the con­tested ball and dash­ing down­field, blast­ing a shot just nine sec­onds later to make it 3-2, prompt­ing a De­catur time­out.

“With us miss­ing a cou­ple of our play­ers hurt right now,” San­tos-Bates said, “it was re­ally a chess match at the mid­field po­si­tions. We had to move peo­ple around in a bunch of sit­u­a­tions . ... We ran two lines of mid­field­ers ear­lier in the sea­son, and now, with a cou­ple of girls hurt, we had to move more peo­ple around as the sit­u­a­tions made us.”

Kerkovich scored to make it 4-2 with just un­der eight min­utes to go be­fore half­time, but the Lions again turned a draw-con­trol win into a quick goal less than 30 sec­onds later, Shep­pard scor­ing with 7:31 to go in the first half that made it 4-3.

An­other quick draw-and­dash al­lowed Tu­low­itzky to tie the game just 19 sec­onds into the sec­ond half. Queen Anne’s cap­i­tal­ized on the mo­men­tum to take its first lead with 22:14 to go, Cal­lie Craw­ford fir­ing a shot past De­catur goalie Sara Mitre­cic (14 saves) to make it 5-4.

Bowyer fed Pay­ton Batchelder 80 sec­onds later for the sixth Lion goal. Kerkovich an­swered with her third score one minute later to pull the South champs within 6-5.

“We did a good job stay­ing with them, not giv­ing up,” Braniecki said. “I think a game like this, even though we lost, is a great mo­ti­va­tion for the play­offs, too.”

Kai­ley Boomer put the Lions back up by two goals with a score at the 17:28 mark, but Sea­hawk Lo­gan Figgs scored five min­utes later to make it 7-6.

Emma Feaga’s goal with 8:32 left gave the Lions an 8-6 lead and looked like a pos­si­ble ex­cla­ma­tion point to Queen Anne’s strong sec­ond half. But De­catur kept com­ing as the clock wound down, Brigitte Ardis scor­ing at 6:19, and Kerkovich hit­ting the back of the net at 3:08 to tie the game.

The Sea­hawks won the next draw, and pos­sessed the ball for al­most the en­tire last three min­utes of reg­u­la­tion. Af­ter a time­out with 42 sec­onds left, they set up for a last­minute push, but Lion goalie Emily Kar­baum (13 saves) came up huge.

Lung­ing for sev­eral shots and leav­ing the crease on four dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions to sally forth with her de­fense, Kar­baum stopped the last De­catur pos­ses­sion with a block-save, and be­fore ei­ther team could as­sem­ble to run an­other set, the reg­u­la­tion clock ran out.

De­catur made two pushes against the Lion net in the game’s first over­time but couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize, a last­sec­ond shot fly­ing over Kar­baum’s head.

The Lions won the draw to start the sec­ond ex­tra pe­riod, and even­tu­ally, the ball was worked around to Tu­low­itzky, who found Blick as she cut in from the right. When she reeled in the pass, Blick said, “I was just think­ing, ‘Gotta make it. Gotta get the Bay­sides back to Queen Anne’s.”

Her shot found the net, and the in­stant win for the Lions.

“You’re al­ways ner­vous when you’re in over­time,” San­tos-Bates said, “but the girls have just done so well all year. They did great in a tough, tough game.”

Like the Lions, the Sea­hawks have a first-round play­off bye. They host Eas­ton on Fri­day, in a sec­ond-round game in the Class 3A-2A East’s Sec­tion I bracket. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:


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