Jonathan Stillman has been nothing short of stellar in the NCHSAA 4-A soccer playoffs.
The senior midfielder tucked away his fifth and most important goal of the postseason on Wednesday as Roberson fought past visiting North Mecklenburg, 4-2, in overtime at Ensley Stadium.
Stillman’s goal with 6 minutes, 46 seconds to go in the first overtime period proved to be the game-winner for the Rams (23-2-0). Austin Stamey added some insurance with another goal a little over eight minutes later.
Connor Cowan and Hugo Lopez had the first two goals in a game that was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.
The Mountain Athletic Conference 4-A champions advance to play in Saturday’s fourth round at Watauga, which beat Hough, 2-0. Start time for Saturday’s contest has not been set.
Stillman had two goals in a 3-2 win over Porter Ridge in the second round, and came into Wednesday with three assists in the playoffs.
“Jonathan has been fantastic for us,” Roberson coach Rob Wilcher said.
“He’s been that way all year. But I think teams are zeroing in on Austin and that’s freed him up as well as Hugo. I felt like we played well tonight. (North Mecklenburg) is a good team and we controlled most of the game, but we knew they were dangerous if we let them hang around.”
Wednesday was the 13th playoff win at the 4-A level for the Rams in the past four years.
Cowan scored the first goal at the 32:11 mark of the first half despite playing with a broken nose. Together, goalkeepers Kevin Rhash and Alex Swaney combined to make a dozen saves.
Stamey began the season at a Charlotte soccer academy, but reconsidered his decision in early September.
Since then, he has scored a team-high 21 goals and the Rams are 17-1. Stillman now has 14 goals after Wednesday.