As soon as the final penalty-kick attempt flew wide of the left post, the reality sunk in.
Wilson High School’s remarkable girls’ soccer season, which netted its first league title in 30 years, was over.
The Rams took four-time 3A champion Kennedy Catholic to a pair of overtimes, and a shootout before falling, 3-2, in the West Central/Southwest District tournament at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team was sharp in the penalty-kick session – six of the eight attempts missed – but Kennedy’s Mary Witkowski (upper left corner) and Madeline Dailey (off left post) converted as the Lancers won the shootout, 2-0.
The teams tied 2-2 after regulation.
Wilson scored in the third minute on Brittainy Cononica’s header off a corner kick to take an early lead. And for a while, as the two teams played to a virtual stalemate for the next 50 minutes, it appeared that score would stand up.
Then the scoring explosion hit – three goals in 90 seconds. Kennedy’s Celestina Ramirez scored twice in a minute – the last on a header in the 55th minute.
“At some point, in the second half for 10 to 15 minutes, it seemed like the intensity went down,” Rams coach Angie Karabaich said.
But Wilson’s Alexa Blackman answered 20 seconds later with her own header in the penalty box to tie it at 2-2.