One more goal — that’s all Mitchell Williams needed.
One more goal to put him at 100 for his career at St. Michael. One more to give the Warriors a chance a continuing their run at a Division II state championship with a ticket to the semifinals.
For 100 minutes, Williams and No. 2 St. Michael threw everything they could at No. 7 Ben Franklin, but a goal with less than a minute to play in extra time ended their season as the Falcons won 4-3 on Sunday.
“I’m just in shock,” Williams said. “We played as hard as we possibly could. … When we got the goal to go into extra time, I thought we were going to win it. They got one late and it didn’t fall for us.”
Every time Ben Franklin scored, St. Michael was able to respond with one of its own as the teams battled it out at the Burbank Soccer Complex. But just before the whistle blew on the first round of extra time, Falcons senior Olivia Dejoue found himself wide open on the backside of the Warriors’ goal, where he buried the game-winner from about 10 yards out.
The score broke the tie that Williams set up with a set-piece goal just a few minutes before. It was his second of the day after heading a corner from Ashton Fletcher into the net in the 14th minute, leaving him with 45 on the season and 99 for a career.
“I thought overall, we outplayed them,” St. Michael coach Paul Fletcher said. “There’s nothing I would’ve done differently.”
Before Sunday, St. Michael had not allowed a Division II team to score more than one goal in any match this season, recording 21 shutouts in the process. But Ben Franklin ended that streak in the first half as a pair of penalty kick goals quickly put the Falcons in the lead.
Senior Donte Oliver easily buried the first goal in the second minute after St. Michael defender and captain Alex Silva slid cleats up in the box.
Sliva was again called for a foul in the 30th minute. This time, Ben Franklin’s Miles McGuire scored from the line to put the Falcons up 2-1.
“We saw them play Teurlings, and we knew they were going to be physical,” Ben Franklin coach Jose Ferrand said. “We told our kids we had to play as strong as they did and play through that physicality.
“And we dealt with it. We dealt with that adversity.”
While St. Michael outshot Ben Franklin 20-12 by keeping possession in its attacking third of the field for most of the game, the Flacons were largely more efficient on offense, converting on a third of the shots taken.
Ben Franklin only took four shots during extra time, but along with Dejoue’s game-winner, Oliver recorded his second score of the day on a low shot to the near post in the second minute of the extra period.
Ben Franklin moves on to play the winner of No. 3 Bolton and No. 11 Morgan City in the semifinals. That game is slated to be played on Monday at Morgan City.