Girls Soccer Uses Come Back To Beat Taylor In PKs For Opening Round Sectional Win

Posted on October 3, 2018 in Fall Sports, Girl's Soccer

by Chuck Landis Chronicle-Tribune

Tegan Phillips’ penalty shot Tuesday evening in the Blackford Sectional girls’ soccer tournament allowed Oak Hill to live on for another round.
Phillips was the last of five players to attempt kicks in the PK round and her shot zipped past Taylor goal keeper Mady Delgado to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 victory over the Titans.
Oak Hill (8-5-3) moves on to play cross-county rival Eastbrook (14-1) at 5pm Thursday in the semifinals. Blackford and Eastern follow in the second match.
Phillips, a sophomore forward, rescued the Eagles with her PK. The Eagles had trailed 1-0 until Sarah Tucci’s goal from 20 yards out with 14:08 to play in regulation. Both teams played two scoreless seven-minute overtime periods before moving on to the penalty kicks.
Taylor scored on its first PK attempt and Oak Hill missed, giving the Titans a 1-0 advantage after the first round. But Abby Strange and Lauren Belcher connected for the Eagles and three straigt Titans missed.
It was tied 2-all when Phillips stepped up after an Oak Hill miss in the fourth round and Taylor connected on its fifth shot.
“There was so much pressure on that shot”, Phillips said. “I had confidence in my team, and they did so well but didn’t get the third (PK) in. I was so nervous.”
“When I take PKs I usually look around the goal and mess the goalie up and I did that and I shot to the opposite side to where she thought I was going and the ball hit back net,” she added. I’ve done some in junior high soccer but nothing as serious as this. It was nerve-wracking and comes with experience.”
Oak Hill coach Katie Durrwachter said Oak Hill assistant coach Alex Kenworthy helped set up the order for the PK and Phillips went fifth because she was able to handle the pressure.
“everone’s in a spot for a reason,” Durrwachter said. “it’s just like a batting order: you line them up because each has different strengths. Alex excels in understanding the minds of kids and he put most of that (order) together.”
“We have certain kids who will look at you and say ‘please don’t make me do that’ but Tegan isn’t one,” she added.
Taylor, which finished 8-6-2, had defeated Oak Hill 2-1 on Sept. 19 and took the initial lead on Alison Pemberton’s goal with 57.4 seconds left before halftime. Whitney Chorrushi had dribbled downfield and broken down the Eagles defense before making an exceptional cross to Pemberton streaking to the goal box.
It appeared dire for the Eagles after Carlee Biddle was called for a foul inside the goal box and Taylor was awarded a penalty kick. At one point, the foul was waved off but the three officials conferred and gave Taylor the free kick.
Taylor’s Fallon Shane made a weak kick that Eagles goalie Andrea Wilk caught that prevented the Titans from opening a two-goal lead and gave the Eagles momentum.
“That was an interesting moment to the game,” Durrwachter said. “I tell the girls there’s a lot of talent in our sectional and it comes down to in games like this how bad do you want it.”
“The first half it didn’t look like we wanted it, and the beginning of the second half was nat a big difference. And then that (penalty) happened and they got mad. Things changed and they looked like they wanted to be here.”

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