The Under-19 Girls preliminary match between Scorpions (MA) and CCSC SOL (FL) was filled with last minute drama at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
Melissa Gavin looked to have scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute for the Scorpions, only for CCSC’s Jessica Haley to score in extra time to tie the game at one goal apiece.
CCSC took control of the game for the first 20 minutes, but as the first half started winding down, the Scorpions started to take control of the game.
"I thought we had a tough first ten minutes," Scorpions head coach Keith Caldwell said. "But once we settled into the game, I thought we passed the ball very well. We were able to switch the point of attack, and our forwards were able to be dangerous and create several chances."
The Scorpions continued their dominance in the second half. Their efforts ended with 13 corner kicks earned and eight shots on goal compared to CCSC’s four corners earned and three shots on goal.
"They were just better than us in the second half," CCSC head coach Luis Torre, said. "They remind me of how we used to play when we were younger and had that much energy."
The Scorpions were able to break through in the 82nd minute after they controlled the ball down the left flank, did a quick combination into the box before Gavin put the ball in the back of the net. The goal was the first scored against CCSC throughout the state or regional championships.
"I thought we deserved to get that first goal," Caldwell said. "But playing a team like CCSC, you can’t give them any chances."
CCSC’s Haley only needed a half chance in extra time to knot up the score. As a result of the Scorpions’ inability to clear the ball, Haley struck the equalizer with only seconds remaining.
"This team has been here before and know that anything can happen," Torres said. "A 1-0 lead is a 1-0 lead, and it only takes one opportunity, or a half opportunity to make it a tie. Our girls never quit."
Next up for the Scorpions will be the So Cal Blues Dodge tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on field one. CCSC will take on St. Louis Scott Gallagher at the same time on field two.