BELLEVILLE — With the game on the line Wednesday, the right player had the ball for Belleville West.
Sophomore Sydnee Carroll scored her second goal of the game with 24 seconds to play in the second 10-minute overtime to lift the Maroons to a 2-1 victory over visiting Belleville East.
West's win prevented the Lancers from taking the city championship; East defeated Althoff 1-0 on March 22.
"The ball came to (sophomore) Carly Ratay, and Coach (Jason Mathenia) was like, 'Take a touch, take a touch,'" Carroll said. "She crossed it in. I knew the defender was on my right side, so I tapped it to my left side.
"I was just trying to get the cross-off (to junior Brittany Gallego). But luckily, it went in for me. I'm so pumped. This is a huge game for us."
Carroll's goal, her team-leading 13th of the season, eluded Lancers senior goalie Abby Burgdorf and settled in the left corner of the netting as the Maroons improved to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Southwestern Conference.
"It was a good game, a good battle," Mathenia said, crediting Carroll. "Sydnee Carroll just has that knack for getting in behind defenders and creating goal-scoring moments. She was in the right place at the right time on the first goal ... and the second one is just pure hard work and determination by her."
East, which had the better of the play for much of the game, dropped its third in a row and fell to 10-3-2 and 3-2-1.
Lancers senior Kayla Delgado, who tied the game at 1 midway through the second half, hit the crossbar two times in the first half and was robbed of a penalty-kick goal when West junior goalie Mackenzie White made a slick save moving to her right.
"I don't really believe in the bad luck," first-year East coach Brad Dietrich said. "You work hard and you get what you get. ... Hard workers usually come out with a little bit of fortune in the end. They worked hard and they earned it."
Carroll spent part of the second half on the sideline with what she described as a knee and hamstring injury. She spent several minutes running on the sideline before determining she could re-enter the game.
"Earlier in the game, I stepped in a hole and hyperextended my knee and felt my hamstring pull," Carroll said. "I tried to work through it, but I came out for a little bit in the second half. I worked with our trainer and got myself working again. I was excited when I got back in and I'm happy to win the game for us."
Delgado hit the crossbar with a blistering left-footed shot from the right side in the 11th minute. West freshman Amelia Coyne hit the right post in the 13th minute.
East senior Tierra Poyner's free kick from 30 yards out was high in the 15th minute as the Lancers continued to apply pressure.
The Maroons, however, got on the board first at 18 minutes, 33 seconds. Junior Samantha Bibee's free kick from 35 yards out went into the box. Senior Caitlin Malherek's initial shot was saved by Burgfdorf but not controlled, and Carroll rushed in for a one-timer that made it 1-0.
"I was happy for that one," Carroll said. "It skimmed off Abby Burgdorf's hands and I just tapped it in."
White saved a penalty kick by Delgado at 20:16 that kept the Maroons ahead. Delgado rushed to the rebound of the save, but shot high. Delgado hit the crossbar for the second time in the first half at 30:57 --East's final scoring opportunity before halftime.
Delgado had a header that went wide right early in the second half, but Delgado finally got on the board at 58:25. Poyner hit the crossbar, and the rebound went to freshman Alyssa Bartle. White saved Bartle's shot, but Delgado got to the rebound and scored her 19th goal of the season.
Burgdorf helped get the game to overtime when she punched out a shot by the Maroons with less than four minutes to play in regulation.
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