St. Johns went from panic to euphoria to despair in the span of about 10 minutes in its 3-2 loss to Jackson in their CAAC Silver Cup quarterfinal game on Wednesday.
The Redwings trailed for most of the game before Sarah Drury scored the equalizer with 12 seconds left send the game to penalty kicks.
However, the Vikings won the shootout to advance to the semifinals on Monday.
Despite the loss, St. Johns coach Kim Brewbaker said he liked what he saw from his team, which hadn’t played a game in more than a week due to weather-related postponements.
“Overall, I thought we played really, really well,” Brewbaker said. “I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to get up for this and be where we needed to be, but we did.”
Kelsey Dods and Hannah Peterson scored for Jackson (10-6).
Erika Curley answered for St. Johns, which trailed 2-1 at the break, held possession for almost the entire second half — seemingly in vain until Drury’s goal.
“I never count them out until the last horn goes, but I really didn’t expect that one with 12 seconds left,” Brewbaker said. “We controlled the tempo in the whole second half, and I think we were due to make something happen there.”
But the euphoria was cut short for the Redwings (8-3) as Jackson converted four of its five penalty kicks to run out with the win.
“After giving up (the tying goal) with 12 seconds left, I didn’t know what to expect to tell you the truth, if their heads were in the right spot or not,” Jackson coach Phillip Maurer said. “It’s a huge win for us. We haven’t won many close games this year. We’ve blown teams out, we’ve been blown out, but any close games we’ve lost.”