Badin girls outlast Springfield Catholic Central in double OT

Badin’s Macy Harper (left) battles Springfield Catholic Central’s Jenna Samosky for the ball during their Division III sectional final Tuesday at Sidney. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS
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Badin’s Macy Harper (left) battles Springfield Catholic Central’s Jenna Samosky for the ball during their Division III sectional final Tuesday at Sidney. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

In a flash, it was over.

After 104 minutes and 23 seconds Tuesday night, a penalty kick by Badin High School’s Laurel Pendergest sent the Rams to the Division III district girls soccer finals and Springfield Catholic Central into the offseason.

Pendergest took the penalty kick after a foul was called on a Catholic Central defender in the box with 5:37 remaining in the second overtime.

The senior slid the ball into the lower right corner for the 2-1 sectional-final win, setting off a celebration on one sideline as Catholic Central players slumped to the ground at Sidney.

Badin had just missed a chance to end the game as Gabi Reising’s shot at point-blank range went right to Irish keeper Libby Woeber 11 seconds prior to the penalty kick.

It was almost the Irish celebrating three minutes earlier.

Josie Krupp rifled a shot off the crossbar from 20 yards out with 8:15 remaining in the second OT, but the Rams did not allow another shot.

Badin hammered away in the second half, outshooting Catholic Central 5-2, but could not find the back of the net.

Macy Harper had the first crack for the Rams in the second half when she rifled a direct kick from 35 yards out that went just over the top of the crossbar.

Woeber kept the game even, making a diving save on a shot by Badin’s Jamie Lehker with 17:21 remaining.

The Irish applied pressure at the end of regulation with Krupp and Sydney Yontz both getting open looks off set pieces, but Badin keeper Abby Lampe was equal to the task both times to send the game into overtime.

Both teams tried getting into the flow of the game early, but neither had open scoring opportunities until the Irish were able to get on the board at the 29:17 mark when Krupp collected the rebound and pounded it into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.

Badin scored the equalizer with 9:38 remaining in the half when Harper’s shot to the lower left corner just ticked off Woeber’s fingertips.

Badin will face Waynesville for a district championship at Lakota West on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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