Lady Trojan booters shock Holy Cross on PKs
For the first time since 2001, the Weston girls soccer team won a state playoff game. Similar to its 2001 victory, 20th-seeded Weston won on penalty kicks, this time, winning at 13th-seeded Holy Cross of Waterbury at Municipal Stadium on Monday, 3-2 (PK 4-2), raising its record to 9-6-3. Holy Cross finished the year at 11-6.
"It's a nice feeling and it was exciting," said Lady Trojans coach Joanna Hallac. "It was definitely one game we knew we could win if we played like we were capable of playing."
The Lady Crusaders scored first in the first half but Weston bounced back and immediately tied it. Senior Nikki Pressman scored off a cross from freshman Anna Dickstein.
Following Pressman's goal, it was a defensive struggle. Seniors Emily Ando and Julia McDonald along with freshman Alex Fontaine sparkled in the backfield for the Lady Trojans. They did well in keeping up with Holy Cross' quick forwards and limiting their opportunities.
Junior goalie Hannah Hutchins made nine saves for Weston.
"Hannah had an unbelievable game with huge saves," said Hallac. "Emily Ando had an unbelievable game and stepped it up."
It remained 1-1 throughout the second half and for most of the first overtime. Lady Trojan junior Callie Bowie changed it when she scored an unassisted goal from the left slot with 16 seconds remaining in the period.
Because overtime isn't sudden victory, the game wasn't over and the Lady Crusaders threatened and a foul was whistled on Weston in its 18-yard box. Holy Cross had a free kick and although Hutchins stopped the initial shot, the Lady Crusaders kicked in the rebound with four seconds left, forcing a second overtime.
No one scored in the second overtime and the game went to penalty kicks. Freshman Grace Mattison kicked home the Lady Trojans' first shot but the Lady Crusaders tied it. Ando hit the post and Holy Cross missed in the second round. Bowie scored on her kick but the Lady Crusaders tied it, 2-2.Senior Macky Young gave Weston the lead and after Hutchins made the save, senior captain Sam Druks kicked in the clincher for the Lady Trojans.
"This is a big confidence booster for us and they are starting to feel they can play with anyone in the state," said Hallac.
Next up for Weston is a tilt at fourth-seeded Valley Regional (13-1-3) today at 5 p.m.
"If we play like this, there's no reason why we can't move a step further," said Hallac.