The Dawson County varsity girls soccer team was one minute from outlasting the Lady Spartans for a 2-1 victory last week.
But things changed quickly.
The No. 4 ranked Lady Tigers (9-1 overall, 2-0 Region) saw West Hall (5-5) get awarded a penalty kick with one minute remaining in regulation after a play by McKay Shively.
When we gave up the PK with one minute left in the game, recalled head coach Jed Lacey, the girls could have thrown in the towel and felt sorry for themselves, but instead went into attack mode.
After a scoreless first overtime period, Shively came up with her fifth goal of the season, and possibly her most important.
With less than a minute on the clock, the sophomore forward took an assist from Sara Bywaletz and fired a 25-yard shot for the game-winner.
McKay stepped up big and showed the other girls how you never hang your head and how to fight through adversity and do what needs to be done to win, said Lacey. Her game-winning goal in overtime was well-earned because of pure hustle and her will to win.
Early in the game, freshman Emily Queen gave Dawson a 1-0 lead with her sixth goal of the season.
After West Hall tied the game halfway through the second period, junior Riley Cox gave the Lady Tigers the lead again with an assist by Isabella Elliott with 13 minutes remaining.
Two days later, Dawson was unable to knock off Blessed Trinity, as the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAA scored a goal in each half for a 2-0 non-region victory over the Lady Tigers.
The varsity girls squad will continue competition Wednesday, April 10 at home versus Lakeview Academy.