You could say that No. 8 Toms River South’s thrilling 3-2 double overtime girls soccer victory over top-ranked Toms River North was tailor made down to the last seconds.
That’s junior forward Taylor Troutman with the game-winning goal with six seconds left in double overtime and freshman goalie Taylor Dean with seven saves to clinch the victory over crosstown rival Toms River North.
“We fought as a team the whole game and we really didn’t want a tie,” Troutman said. “Everyone made a great effort. We were tied almost to the last second.”
But Troutman would have it no other way than a victory at home in the first regular season meeting between the two Shore Conference Class A South rivals.
The announcer had begun his countdown from 10 seconds with the clock ticking down in double overtime and he only got four words out, digits 10-7, before Troutman was bear hugged on the left side of the goal by her ecstatic teammates.
“I was aiming for the goal but I was saying ‘please go in,’ ” Troutman said. “I saw that the goalie gave me an opening near post and I took it.”
That play ended a back-and-forth game that saw Toms River North (1-1, 1-1) take the first lead at 46:16 on senior forward Shannon Groffie’s goal as senior midfielder Carly Wilhelm assisted on the play.
“I thought both teams played really well. It was just two teams going at it as crosstown rivals and it was fun,” Toms River North coach Tom Miller said. “Unfortunately, we came out on the bottom this time.”
Toms River North’s lead didn’t hold up for long as Toms River South junior defender Tori Babcock scored at 47:30 to make it 1-1. Toms River North senior midfielder Krista Federici took a penalty kick at 59:41 and converted to the upper right side for a 2-1 lead.
“I was a little scared as a freshman but I knew in my heart that we could do it,” Dean said.
And the Indians found a way rallying for a second time with a goal from junior defender Samantha Bahr from a pass from Babcock at 68:01. From there, 31 minutes and 53 seconds passed before Troutman had the final say on Tuesday night for the Indians (2-0, 2-0).
“Getting the first victory against them (this season) felt good, especially since we were the underdogs,” Troutman said. “It is great coming into a game when no one expects you to win and you do win the game.”
This was the first of two scheduled regular season meetings between the Toms River schools. Tuesday night’s game was on Toms River South’s turf and the rematch at Toms River North is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, October 7.