Cougar playhoff hopes still up in the air

archive_import

The Summerville High School girls' soccer team, just seconds from elimination, scored a last-gasp goal to force overtime and then defeated Hughson 4-2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals Thursday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.

The Bears (21-4-1) go for their second straight section championship Saturday at noon at American River College in Sacramento against Hilmar (22-5-1).

Megan Reynolds saved the day for Summerville when she took a lead pass from Candace Loyd behind the right side of the Hughson defense, faked Huskies goalkeeper Brandi Young and scored on a right-to-left shot across the goalmouth for a 2-2 tie. The whistle sounded to end regulation play only seconds after the teams executed the ensuing kickoff.

Moments before, the lead official had signaled to each bench that two minutes of injury time would be added to the regulation 40-minute half. He indicated that one minute remained while Hughson was in possession a full 100 yards from where Summerville needed to be.

Reynolds' goal capped a comeback from a 2-0 deficit and the final outcome marked the first time all season Summerville had won after being scored upon first.

"Coming from behind was a new experience," Summerville coach Jim Frazier said. "I was really proud of the team for never giving up."

The comeback took wing in the 61st minute when Jordan Vermillion took a pass from Shannon Hayes in traffic, quickly turned and fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

Mother Lode League champion Summerville dominated from then on, just missing on four golden opportunities before Reynolds finally got the equalizer in the nick of time.

With Summerville clearly in control of the momentum, Reynolds struck again midway through the first of two 10-minute overtimes on a play that was nearly identical to the one that produced her first goal.

11700170
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday December 8, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Columbia trounces Modesto

12/05/2016

Elan Spencer could not go out and celebrate with his teammates Saturday ... more

’Cat boys freeze out BV offense

12/06/2016

For the last four months, Zach Whitmer was a football player. The ... more

’Cats bounce back with win over Enochs

12/02/2016

The Wildcats had the same numbers on their jerseys Friday night, but ... more

Wildcat girls score a baker’s dozen in victory

12/06/2016

Maybe the Sonora Wildcats girls’ soccer team should have been pushing to ... more

Two late pins help Calaveras top Tokay 37-34

12/07/2016

With two matches to go in the night, the Calaveras fans, wrestlers ... more