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.