Perry Hall edges Hereford in double overtime in girls soccer

Perry Hall's Maria Ambridge, right, gets off a shot on goal despite pressure from Alyx Oakley, of Hereford.
Perry Hall's Maria Ambridge, right, gets off a shot on goal despite pressure from Alyx Oakley, of Hereford. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing)

Perry Hall coach Rick Testerman probably won't forget the Gators' 2-1 thrilling overtime victory over visiting Hereford Wednesday night.

Perry Hall junior midfielder Sofia Perzan scored with two seconds left in regulation when it looked as if the Gators were on their way to a sure loss.


Things got only better in the second overtime.

The Gators' Aniya Flanagan, a junior striker, found the back of the goal on a penalty shot in the second extra session.

Perry Hall's players could have easily let down after Hereford's Alysse Gapsis redirected Marilyn Gerovasilis' crossing pass to the right corner with 5:59 remaining.

The Gators' effort, however, for the test of regulation impressed Testerman.

"You don't want to get down on a situation," the coach said. "You want to stay in the moment and finish. Staying in the moment is our mantra. We kind of took it over from the US National Team."

Perzan tied it at 1-1 when she beat goalie Samantha Hooker to the right corner from just inside the penalty box.

Right before the goal, Perzan's crossing pass had bounced off a Hereford defender and came back to her.

With 3:33 remaining in the second overtime, a Hereford player tripped up Perry Hall's Elizabeth Fitch when she got loose for a breakaway.

Fitch had to leave the game with a knee injury so Flanagan took the penalty shot.

"I thought we played played pretty hard in the first 10 minutes of overtime," Hereford coach Nancy Ferguson said. "I just thought we had nothing left in the second 10 minutes (of overtime). We had dead legs."

Note: Hereford senior midfielder/forward Margaret Wright was taken by ambulance to Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Essex after the game because of a head injury. Wright collided with a Perry Hall player late in the first overtime.

"She's got a gash over her forehead," Hereford assistant coach Brad Duvall said. "She will need some stitches. She may have had some concussion systems."