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.”
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