PANAMA CITY — Whoever came up with the term golden goal in soccer likely hadn’t witnessed their season end with 2 minutes left in double overtime.
Such was the case for Mosley Wednesday night at Tommy Oliver Stadium as sophomore Hannah Abrams directed home a rebound off a free kick to provide Pace a 2-1 win in a girls soccer Region 1-4A quarterfinal.
Mosley ended 15-2-2, Pace taking a 15-2-4 record into a region semifinal Saturday against the Niceville-Lincoln survivor.
What transpired Tuesday always was highly competitive, at times improbable and for the most part compelling.
The Dolphins held a distinct advantage in the early going with a number of solid shots against Patriots junior keeper Katelyn Burkhart. Yet they trailed 1-0 at halftime after Kristy Gash sent a cross from the left wing that freed Eleana Colvin inside the box.
Colvin chipped a shot over charging keeper Mariah Rinehart in the 38th minute. The deficit became more imposing when a hard tackle by Mosley’s Stevie-Marie Mullins in the 50th minute resulted in her second yellow card of the game.
Not only was Mosley deprived one of its leading goal scorers with Mullins’ expulsion, but was forced to play short-handed with 10 players from that stage.
Somehow the Dolphins not only remained formidable, but tied the game in the 66th minute when freshman Taylor Hallmon volleyed a corner kick by Rachel Bates into the left corner of the net.
The score remained deadlocked through the remainder of regulation and the first 10-minute overtime. Freshman Jordan Lewis, moved off the back line when the Dolphins had to regroup, had Mosley’s best opportunity in the first OT but Burkhart handled her 20-yard blast at eye level.
Rinehart stopped a shot by Pace’s Claire Taylor in the 89th minute and the second overtime ensued.
“We were hoping to get to a PK shootout (after two overtimes) but were two minutes short,” Mosley coach Marek Betkowski said.
The Dolphins’ sideline earlier was emphatic that Mosley should have been awarded a penalty kick moments into the second overtime for a handball in the box. When it wasn’t whistled, play eventually moved to the other end of the field and Pace was awarded a free kick two yards outside the box from a severe angle to the right of the goal.
Taylor Burkhart’s shot eluded a wall of three defenders in front of her. Rinehart got her hands on it, but couldn’t prevent a rebound. It bounced to the feet of Abrams and she easily directed it in.
“I’m very proud of how the girls played,” said Betkowski, who noted a change in tactics when Mosley was down a player. “We had to take a little gamble and instead of four defenders played with three.
“We were behind. We had to take a chance."
Pace 1 0 0 1 — 2
Mosley 0 1 0 0 — 1
First half: 1. Pace, Eleana Colvin (Kristy Gash). Second half: 2. Mosley, Taylor Hallmon (Rachel Bates. First overtime: none. Second overtime: 3. Hannah Abrams (Taylor Burkhart).
Shots: Pace 4-8-1-2-13, Mosley 12-9-3-1-25. Shots on goal: Pace 2-4-2-2-10, Mosley 5-5-1-0-11. Saves: Pace (Katelyn Burkhart) 5-4-1-0-10, Mosley (Mariah Rinehart) 1-4-2-1-8. Corner kicks: Pace 1-1-0-0-2, Mosley 5-2-0-0-7. Yellow cards: Stevie-Marie Mullins 2, Drew Bradley 1