After Haynes Academy scored a first-half goal, things quieted down for 20 minutes. But in overtime, it was all Haynes.
Abigail Batten scored on a header in the 17th minute, Megan Marsalon scored on a penalty kick 5 minutes into overtime and the 11th-seeded Yellow Jackets defeated the 22nd-seeded Lusher Lions 2-1 to advance to the regional round of Division III in the LHSAA girls soccer playoffs.
Marsalon was feeling the excitement after her game- winning penalty kick, but she was more proud of her teammates effort.
“I personally got like three nosebleeds,” she said laughing. “I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They’re just the most supportive people in the world, so I wouldn’t have wanted to win with anyone else.”
Haynes (11-6-2) controlled the ball for much of the game, getting off a lot of shot, but only scored two goals.
“I think we need to work a little bit more on our finishes,” Batten said. “They were a little wide and a little crazy. We had a lot of good opportunities that we should’ve made but at the end of the day we got the win so we’ll take it.”
Yellow Jackets coach Chris Totaro said his team played admirably.
“It was a hard-fought game,” he said. “We know each other well, we just played last Monday. It came down to who was going to stay alive in the end, and we were able to pull it out. I can’t say enough about the way my team played. They played hard the entire game.”
Lusher (11-7-3) managed to score on a penalty kick from Eleanore Reginelli in the 33rd minute to tie things up and their defense played well enough to keep it that way until Marsalon’s overtime penalty kick. Lusher coach Joseph Locascio was focused on the positive takeaways after.
“We’re district champs,” he said. “I’m just so proud of them. They didn’t leave anything on the field today. Haynes is a great team, we’ve got a good team and it was a great game. It came down to overtime, nobody scored today except on direct kicks or penalty kicks so I think we both played a great game and our team sure showed a lot of heart today.
Haynes will play sixth-seeded Parkview Baptist next. Totaro said in order to beat Parkview, his team would have to pick up their offensive game.
“(We need to improve) our shooting,” he said. “We moved the ball really well, but our shooting was definitely off today. We had a lot of opportunities where we just missed. But I think if we can work on our shooting a little bit we have a chance to far.”