Spartans girls notch second straight win in OTFans of the Superior High School girls soccer team sure are getting their money’s worth lately as the Spartans won their second straight game in overtime.
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
Fans of the Superior High School girls soccer team sure are getting their money’s worth lately as the Spartans won their second straight game in overtime.
Superior defeated Somerset 2-1 in overtime Tuesday then defeated New Richmond by the same score, this time in the second overtime, Thursday evening. Both games were at the SHS soccer fields.
Devyn Moss scored the game-winning goal 2:51 into the second overtime Thursday with an assist from Amber Holt, who just happened to score the winning goal 38 seconds into the overtime victory over Somerset.
New Richmond’s Sydney Simpson scored late in the first half and Superior tied it up on Becca Tunnell’s goal early in the second half. Tina Lurndal assisted on Tunnell’s goal.
Sara Balcer had 11 saves in goal for Superior and Katie Brayal had seven for the Tigers.
The Spartans host Barron at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Superior 2, Somerset 1, OT
Amber Holt was having a game she was ready to quickly put behind her.
That was until the senior forward scored the winning goal 38 seconds into overtime to give the Superior High School girls soccer team a 2-1 victory over the Somerset Spartans Tuesday evening at the SHS soccer fields.
“It feels awesome (to score the winning goal), but I think I played a crappy game,” Holt said. “I should have had at least a couple goals. I missed on a couple of breakaways and that’s frustrating because I’m a forward and my job is to score goals.”
Holt also suffered an ankle injury early in the second-half during a collision with Somerset keeper Natalie Moses.
Holt got helped off the field with 29:16 remaining in the second half, but luckily for the Spartans, she returned to action 12 minutes later.
“On the breakaway my plant foot got kicked out from under me and I couldn’t get the shot off,” Holt said. “I couldn’t move. A nerve got hit, so I couldn’t feel my foot for a little bit. But I got it wrapped and got right back out there. I’m not one to sit out after an injury.”
Superior forced overtime when Sage Olson’s free kick from near midfield sailed over Moses with four minutes remaining in the second half.
“That free kick was something else,” said SHS coach Len Albrech. “She’s just a freshman. That’s two games in a row we got a goal from a freshman.”
Holt’s game-winning goal began on Missy Toland’s throw in from in front of Superior’s bench.
Holt picked up the pass on the left sidelines, stepped around a couple Somerset defenders and kicked the ball in off Moses’ finger tips.
“Missy had an awesome throw,” Holt said. “This win shows we’re not quitters. That was a good test for us and a wake-up call that if we want to be conference champs we’re going to have to work for it.”
Albrecht also credited Bridget Manion with the winning goal.
“It was Bridget’s premonition,” Albrecht said. “She literally said in the huddle, ‘I have this feeling that Amber’s going to score the winning goal,’ and sure enough it just happened.”
Somerset’s goal came on its first shot on goal midway through the first half when Elsie Shartin Folkert scored after taking a centering pass from Alyssa Kelly.
Even though the unofficial stats showed Superior outshooting Somerset 14-6, the field was slanted most of the game in Superior’s favor.
“We had such a (hard) time trying to finish,” Albrecht said. “It was amazing, I’ve never seen a game like that. We should have had 10 goals, at least. We had good crosses, we just couldn’t get a foot or a body on the ball to get it in the goal.”
Sara Balcer picked up the win in goal for Superior, finishing with five saves. Moses had 12 saves for Somerset.
“What a comeback,” Albrecht said. “Finally getting to play at home and rallying like we did, it can’t get any better than that.”
New Richmond 1-0-0-0—1
First half — 1. NR, Sydney Simpson (Brianna L’Allier), 32:56.
Second half — 2. S, Becca Tunnell (Tina Lurndal), 43:05.
First overtime — No scoring.
Second overtime — 3. S, Devyn Moss (Amber Holt), 92:51.
Saves — Katie Brayal, NR, 7; Sara Balcer, S, 11.
First half: 1. Somerset, Elsie Folkert (Alyssa Kelly), 20th minute.
Second half: 2. Superior, Sage Olson, 76th.
OT: 3. Superior, Amber Holt (Missy Toland), 81st.
Saves: Natalie Moses, Somerset, 12; Sara Balcer, Superior, 5.