Sacred Heart led for just 90 seconds — not counting stoppage time — but it was enough for the Cardinals to defeat the Ursuline Lions 2-1 Tuesday and move on to the Division III girls soccer semifinals.
The game started Monday at Jefferson Playground, but was suspended with a 0-0 tie in the 46th minute because of inclement weather.
On Tuesday, Mary Mitchell Henry’s goal in the 79th minute clinched No. 2-seeded Sacred Heart’s victory.
“We knew we had to come in and do what we needed to do,” Henry said. “We’re just really proud of ourselves that we got it done.”
On Tuesday, Madison Vise broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute to give Ursuline a 1-0 lead. Vise sprinted past the Sacred Heart defense and beat keeper Madison Milano with a sliding kick. Vise stayed down for a short time, but was able to remain in the game.
No. 10 Ursuline went back to a defensive strategy with its lead and Sacred Heart stepped up the attack. The Cardinals finally broke through in the 60th minute when Lucy Hammet scored after handling a rebound off the right post.
“I saw (the ball) was going in,” Hammet said. “I just wanted to follow it up to see what would happen. I was in the right place at the right time.”
Sacred Heart kept attacking after the tie. Ursuline’s defense held for 18 minutes before Henry’s game-winning goal with an assist from Hammet.
“Lucy and I worked well together,” Henry said. “Lucy got a little layoff to me, and I just got it in. ... Now we can move on to semifinals and focus on that.”
Sacred Heart will host No. 6 E.D. White on Friday in the semifinal round. They played to a scoreless draw earlier in the season.
“They’ve gotten much better,” Sacred Heart coach Tooraj Badie said of E.D. White, a 3-1 winner over No. 3 University on Sunday. “Hopefully we have gotten better, so hopefully it will be a great matchup.”