After two overtimes, there still wasn’t a winner in Tuesday’s Region 3A-3 girls soccer final.
It all came down to penalty kicks.
Unfortunately for Riverdale, Osceola senior Angelina Kincy connected to give the Warriors a 1-1 (4-3) win.
“We really wanted this, this school has never gone this far in soccer,” senior Cydney Niedermeyer said. “We have our fights and we have our arguments, but we come together and work hard on the field. We wanted this game, we just couldn’t finish.”
From the opening kick Riverdale didn’t seem to have the same fire as its 3-2 win over Mariner on Saturday.
The Raiders fell behind early, giving up a Cassidy Reich goal in the 17th minute.
On a ball that traveled into the Riverdale corner, Osceola’s Taylor Schofield booted it into the penalty box and Reich blasted it in for the opening goal.
It took 73 minutes but the Raiders found their equalizer when Taylor Van Vliet’s corner kick landed on the foot of senior Kaylee Martin. Martin blasted it in to tie the game.
Riverdale played the game with back-up goalie Mary McDonnell.
Osceola was in the same predicament 10 minutes into the game.
Junior goalie Kristina Kulavic appeared to hurt her ankle on a Niedermyer shot that hit the bottom of the right post off a Mariah Marerro feed.
Sophomore Jessica Brown gave up the lone goal in relief duty.
The loss makes for a bittersweet ending for seniors Nierdermyer, Van Vliet and Martin.
The three are the first seniors to win a soccer playoff game in Riverdale school history.
“This is definitely the most amazing thing ever,” Niedermeyer said. “I play volleyball and we’ve never gone this far. It’s just incredible to have a team come out and be strong together and get those wins.”