For nearly 77 minutes of soccer Monday night at Panther Field, it appeared the Creston girls were about to make it a two-match winning streak, after two years of nothing but defeat.
Chariton’s Emily Grismore finished a runout to knock in the tying goal with 3:29 left, forcing overtime at 2-2. Neither team scored in two 10-minute overtime periods, so it came down to five penalty kicks for each team to break the tie.
When Chariton’s Sarah Crabb took her turn to finish out that round, both teams had made one PK. Creston’s was by Sadie Jones, who now stood in the net as the goalkeeper vs. Crabb.
The shot was a low blast to the left, skipping along the grass just out of Jones’ reach as the winner for a 3-2 Chariton victory.
The Chargers improved to 4-1 for the season, including two wins over Creston, while the Panthers fell to 1-8 heading into the Panther Invitational Saturday.
“That was a great contest,” said Chariton coach Dennis St. Lawrence. “Too bad somebody had to lose.”
Creston coach Kim Lauffer couldn’t have asked for a better start coming off Friday’s thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Oakland Riverside, breaking a two-year, 35-match losing streak.
Hanna Luther curled in a long shot from the left side from outside the 18-yard line with just 2:38 elapsed in the opening half. Just more than two minutes later, with 35:07 remaining in the half, Jones knocked in a goal in a scramble off a corner kick to make it a 2-0 Panther lead.
With 26:00 left in the first half, Crabb drove one past Creston goalkeeper Becca Ross to make it 2-1. Nobody scored after that until Grismore’s runout with barely three minutes left in the match.
“Those two (Creston) goals were a wakeup call for us,” St. Lawrence said. “It came down to determination. They really got our counter attack going, that’s what got us the goals. The goal that tied it, our goalkeeper put out a ball and we ran under it and took it. It was a nice one.”
Lauffer said the tone of the match looked to be in Creston’s favor early, much different from the earlier loss at Chariton.
“They beat us 3-0 over there and we didn’t get started until the last 15 minutes of the game,” Lauffer said. “It was 65 minutes of us playing on our heels. Apparently pizza was a big motivator for us tonight. I told them if they scored a goal in the first 10 minutes, I’d buy pizza for the whole team. And they came out and scored two in the first five.”
But in the end, it came down to penalty kicks. Creston shot first in the alternative round of five shots each, and Ryan Vasquez hit a shot that was caught by Chariton goalkeeper Halle Jensen. Grismore then made hers against Jones as the Creston goalie.
Then, Savannah Hartman’s shot missed the mark; Jones caught the next Chariton shot; a shot by Creston’s Angelica Claytor was caught by Jensen; Chariton’s next shot went wide; Luther blasted a hard one for Creston that struck the top crossbar and bounced off high after being tipped by Jensen; and Chariton missed again.
So, Jones had to make the final Creston attempt to tie the Chargers with a chance to force another PK round. Her high, booming shot went in the net. Then Crabb slid it past the diving Jones for the winner.
“That last one by them was a nice, wide shot on the ground, which is really hard to get to,” Lauffer said. “I’m not happy that we lost, but I told the girls, the momentum from Friday is why we scored. Now I’m hoping they don’t start settling and playing like they used to. I want them to bring it and hopefully win the tournament Saturday.”
Chariton won the JV match, 3-1. Vasquez scored for Creston. Bretta Shawler had seven goalkeeper saves and Livi Hartman had five.
Chariton 3, Creston 2 (OT)
Creston (2) — Hanna Luther 37:22 first half; Sadie Jones (Savannah Hartman assist) 35:07 first half. PK overtime shooters — Ryan Vasquez, Savannah Hartman, Angelica Claytor, Hanna Luther, Sadie Jones (good). Shots (on goal) — 27 (16 on goal). Individual shots (on goal)— Savannah Hartman 7 (4 on goal), Luther 5 (3), Jones 6 (3), Michelle Powers 3 (1), Ryan Vasquez 2 (1), Jenna Hayes 1 (1), Toni VanScoy 1 (1), Maddie Travis 1 (1), Shelby Palser 1 (1). Keeper saves — Becca Ross 12, Sadie Jones 3. Cards — None.
Chariton (3) — Sarah Crabb 26:00 first half; Emily Grismore 3:29 second half. PK overtime shooters — Grismore (good), Maddie Kaska, Emma Robinson, Kourtney Nichols, Sarah Crabb (good). Shots (on goal) — 13 (11 on goal). Saves — Halle Jensen 13. Cards — None.