Notre Dame downs Waverly in OT
SOUTHSIDE - The Lady Wolverines took their 9-0-2 record to Notre Dame to square off against the Crusaders for the IAC South Large Division Championship and bring home the prize, but that wasn't going to happen.
Notre Dame, in a defensive battle eked out 1-0 win on Mary Kubinski penalty kick.
The penalty kick came with 17:16 left on the clock as Notre Dame came out as the aggressors in the second half. Waverly coach Brian Myers was not happy with the call.
"As far as the penalty," he said after the game, "I don't know if there was one."
Despite the debate, Kubinski faced off against Waverly's keeper Allie Frutchey. Coming into the game, the Wolverines defense, led by Frutchey, only allowed four goals in IAC play.
"I was trying to block everything out," Kubinski said of readying for the kick. "I kept thinking, 'It's just like practice.'"
Kubinski kicked left and Frutchey dived left, but only had fingertips on the ball before it sailed into the net and the home crowd went crazy.
Kubinski's reaction afterwards?
Well, what do you expect from a Crusader?
The Lady Wolverines, sensing urgency, cranked up the intensity with ten minutes left in the game. Sabrina Bowman centered a pass that sailed in the front of the net. Emiley Myers tracked down the ball in the corner and fired at the goal only to see Notre Dame keeper Sheridan Heine cut off the angle.
Minutes later, Liia Carpenter found herself in front of the net with an open shot only to misfire right of the net.
And maybe the heartbreaker of the night came with just forty seconds remaining in the contest when Carpenter passed wide left to an open Myers, who rifled a shot off the crossbar.
Waverly played aggressively in the first half. Minutes into the game, Carpenter nearly scored on a shot when Heine slipped on the wet grass, but recovered for the save.
Myers also had a breakaway with just under thirty minutes left in the first half, but that shot deflected off Heine's hands and then the crossbar.
However, the Wolverines dodged a bullet before the half when Hannah Haskell passed to Allegra Dawes for an apparent goal, but the officials waived off the score on an offsides call.
"I thought we played excellent, except for a couple of balls that got behind us," Coach Myers added. "We were the better team, but I had to tell them that the better team doesn't always score the most goals."