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Women’s Soccer Wallace-Rose Hill 3, East Bladen 2, Double Overtime

Wallace-Rose Hill scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to edge East Bladen 3-2 Wednesday night in Four County Conference girls’ soccer action at Wallace.

A Lady Eagle defender slipped on the wet field, and the Lady Bulldogs capitalized on the loose ball and fired in the deciding goal with 5 minutes left in the second overtime.

“I felt like we had the momentum and were getting very good looks in the first overtime,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We just couldn’t put any away.”

The Lady Eagles scored first as sophmore Maddie West headed the ball across the front of the goal to junior Alexa Hernandez who turned the feed into a goal.

Wallace-Rose Hill answered just 7 minutes later as they scored on a breakaway. The scored remained tied at halftime 1-1.

Wallace-Rose Hill took the lead 2-1 in the second half on a similar play to the one that produced the first half goal. “Their forward was able to penetrate our backline with her speed and dribbling and converted another goal to go on top 2-1,” said Coach Raynor.

“The game went back and forth until we finally were able to make some pushes at their goal,” continued Raynor.

West scored the tying goal with 12 minutes left in regulation. “We put the ball in the box and Maddie found herself in the right place at the right time,” added Coach Raynor. “She has a knack for doing that.”

“We played an excellent match,” said Raynor. “We were out a few pieces but all in all I’m proud of the effort the girls showed. Maddie was huge for us tonight. She’s really coming around and has found some confidence.”

“Lexie Mendell was also huge for us,” continued Coach Raynor. “I don’t know how she does it… Played all 100 minutes and never stopped. Her motor and effort is what drives this group. The play of Claire Campbell, Jiovana Vazquez, Blair Potter, and Madison Smith was also big for us. Wallace is a pretty solid team and are very physical. Our defense played well and didn’t step down from the challenge.”

The Lady Eagles are now 3-4 in the conference and 5-5 overall.

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