It didn’t matter that the Loyola Flyers had taken a 2-0 lead into the second half of their Division II girls soccer quarterfinal game against Teurlings Catholic Monday at Messmer Stadium.
It didn’t matter that the Flyers had dominated the possession time and shots on goal.
It didn’t matter that the Flyers had won 26 games, were the higher seed and looking to get back to the semifinals for the second straight year.
None of that mattered. At all.
One misplay, one missed chance, one bad bounce and it would have all been over for the Flyers.
But once it got to overtime, it was the Flyers who made it happen and came away with a 4-2 win.
After looking exhausted at the end of regulation, Loyola (27-3-2) got the go-ahead goal six minutes into the first overtime period when Bailey Freeman got a cross from Anna Brown and found the back of the net.
But the real key to the scoring goal came a few seconds earlier, when the Flyers were on the attack, only to be stopped by the Rebels. But when Teurlings sent the ball out to begin a possession, freshman Rebecca Mays came racing in and steal the ball and get it to Brown, who then set the go-ahead score in motion.
“Becca has been great for us on the outside,” said Loyola coach Mark Matlock. “She really owned that sideline tonight. Bailey had a good finish on a cross from Anna.”
A minute earlier, the Flyers got the benefit of some unlikely physics. On a free kick from 28 yards out on the right side, Teurlings’ Kristen Charpentier hit the left post and the ball deflected back to the right … but didn’t go in the goal.
“I don’t know how that happened,” said Rebel coach Lance Peltier. “That was a tough break.”
A minute later, the Flyers turned their good fortune into a 3-2 lead and Brown later capped the scoring in the final minute with a breakway goal.
The Flyers took a 2-0 lead on goals that were almost mirror images of each other. Freeman’s corner kicks were headed in by Maddie Bodden in the 32nd and 34th minutes.
“Those were great headers by Bodden, but I knew that was not going to win the game,” Matlock said. “They (the Rebels) are too good and sure enough they came out and tied it up.”
“After that, I told our girls that the pressure was off,” Peltier said. “We just needed to go out and play the best half of the season.”
It took all of three minutes to show that they listened as Oriana Broussard scored immediately and made it 2-1.
“I told the girls at halftime that one goal from them completely changes the game. And that’s exactly what happened. The game got exciting after that and things started to get frantic.”
Midway through the second period, Carmen Calderon scored on a deflection and the game was tied.
And from that point, Teurlings (16-6-5) became the more aggressive team, but Matlock liked what he saw from his team. “We were tired,” he said. “But we were lucky enough to keep our composure and rally together.”
“They are such great finishers,” Peltier said of the Flyers. “They were just a little better than us tonight, but I was proud of how we hung in there.”
The Flyers will now meet St. Thomas More in the semifinals, a team they lost to earlier this year in a tournament in December.
“It’s what the girls wanted and I’m looking forward to it,” Matlock said. “We gave up a couple of early goals, but I felt like we took over after that but just couldn’t come away with the win.”