Alex Carr let loose a shot from short range that found the inside of the net, and his Winters Mill teammates mobbed him in front of South Carroll's goal.
The Falcons came to the sideline a few moments later, where coach Jeff Beeker and his assistants were waiting to celebrate their team's 8-7 overtime victory Wednesday over the rival Cavaliers at Parker Field. Beeker spotted Carr in a hurry.
"I called him over and I said, 'That goal almost made up for you dropping four passes,'" Beeker said he told Carr. "And he looked at me and he said, 'I know, Coach.'"
Carr could have very well left Winfield feeling like the goat in this Class 2A West Section 1 quarterfinal — it was the sophomore's first game back after being out two weeks because of a concussion, Beeker said. Carr struggled in the midfield throughout the game, and a few times Beeker called for a replacement so the Falcons (5-10) could find a rhythm.
But Carr stuck with it and finished with two goals, none bigger than the one he potted 49 seconds into overtime.
"I felt horrible, honestly, because I had my head down," Carr said. "But then two goals, back-to-back. We got it in … overtime. It was a good feeling."
The Falcons rallied from a two-goal deficit with 70 seconds to play in regulation.
Senior midfielder Greyson Lehr ripped a shot from near the attack area for an extra-man goal that made it 7-6. South Carroll (5-10) still led by one but couldn't come up with the ensuring face-off, and Winters Mill stayed patient on offense before junior Kaden Ross converted the equalizer with 15 seconds to go.
The Cavaliers won the first face-off in OT but committed a turnover near midfield, which gave Winters Mill the first chance to win it.
Ross came in from the bench on a substitution and got the ball into his stick near the top of the box. He worked his way to the right before finding Carr in front of the crease.
Carr shuffled to the right and beat SC goalie Evan Hock over his right shoulder for the winning tally.
"We had a triple-overtime game against C. Milton Wright earlier this season, and we realized how bad it is to lose in overtime," Ross said. "This time we capitalized. We knew we couldn't lose this one."
Ross and junior attackman Justin Hulse each handed out two assists, and sophomore attackman Brady Maguire joined Carr with two goals each.
Jacob Snell, one of South Carroll's six seniors, scored two goals, as did junior Adam McCarty, and Hock stood tall with 11 saves. The Cavs defeated Winters Mill 9-7 during the regular season after trailing 5-0 in that contest, and coach Brad Widner said he expected another tight contest.
The outcome Wednesday was decided by a few little things here and there, he said.
"It's a young team," said Widner, who fields eight sophomores and two freshmen. "Our whole motto is, 'Hey, let's get better every day.' They know they we're going to have some tough games, but we also know that we can pack a punch. … All these guys have grown a lot this season."
Meanwhile, Beeker got a charge out of his players when he told them they still had practice Thursday. The Falcons advance to face Oakdale on Friday in the sectional semifinals.
"I can get beat by five as long as my guys don't give up and they keep working hard," Beeker said. "I'm a happy guy."
Goals: WM-Alex Carr 2, Brady Maguire 2, Reid Stewart, Jansen Pusateri, Greyson Lehr, Kaden Ross; SC-Jacob Snell 2, Adam McCarty 2, Dylan Wilson, Lorenzo Brandani, Dylan O'Neill.
Assists: WM-Justin Hulse 2, Ross 2, Maguire; SC-Noah Homayouni, Benjamin Hart, Snell.
Saves: WM-3 (Colin Smith); SC-11 (Evan Hock).
Halftime: Tied, 2-2; Regulation: Tied, 7-7.