HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER: Southern Columbia defeats Warrior Run
CATAWISSA RR - It took three years, 90 minutes and 58 seconds, but Southern Columbia's seniors finally have a win over Warrrior Run.
In the first minute of the second overtime Monday evening, Bailey Bzdak outraced a defensive player down the left sideline and crossed a ball over to waiting teammates. The ball bounced off one of the posts and back to Bzdak, who kicked it through to give the Tigers a 1-0 win over the Defenders in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division II game.
That gave the Southern seniors their first win over the Defenders, who won state titles when the seniors were freshmen and sophomores.
"Huge," was how Southern coach Derek Stine described the win. "They've been our nemesis for years now. I think the monkey will be off our back a little with them now. All I know is there are 40 girls out here having a lot of fun now," he added, watching his players celebrate.
Bzdak said she wasn't trying to score on her first kick.
"I can't really remember what happened. I was just trying to arch the ball to draw their goalie out, and maybe someone else would put it in, but the ball hit the post and bounced right back to me," said Bzdak of her eighth, and most important, goal of the season. "It's probably (the biggest of goal of her career) because it came against Warrior Run. They're always a tough team and it's always tough to beat them. That's the biggest win we've had."
For a game that had no goals in regulation, there was plenty of action. Southern had the statistical advantage, particularly in the first half, but couldn't score, and Warrior Run started to even things up in the second half.
"It was frustrating," Stine said. "We had a little sloppiness and we had to settle the girls down a little and get back in control of the game. I thought we did that about midway through the second half and I really thought we controlled the overtime."
Still, there were very few real opportunities for either team. At one point, one of the officials signaled Warrior Run had scored although the ball had gone over the post and hit the back of the net.
Southern had a 5-1 advantage in corners and just missed scoring on a header off one in regulation.
Then there were the fouls. Southern had close to 20 and Warrior Run four, and Stine and his assistants were plainly upset about both the disparity and at some of the calls themselves.
Olivia George had a good game as a backup goalie for Warrior Run. She entered after an injury to Madi Welliver, who later re-entered as a field player, and made nine saves. Jess Watkins had five saves in posting the shutout for Southern.
Warrior Run 0 0 0 0 - 0
Southern (6-0) 0 0 0 1 - 1