IJAMSVILLE — The effort was there, but one opportunity is all it takes.
Urbana freshman midfielder Maggie Goodwin took that chance with a little less than 3 minutes left in double overtime of the Class 3A West final against Westminster. Her backwards shot from the left side of the cage rolled past Owls goalie Lauren Jenne before she could get a touch on it to secure the 2-1 victory for the Hawks.
Goodwin was surrounded by her teammates almost immediately and they joined senior goalie Grace Phillips at midfield to continue the celebration.
The Carroll County champion Owls saw their season end in a heartbreaker, as they were in search of their 27th regional title.
“They’ve been preparing for it all season and we’ve done a lot of overtime practice,” Owls coach Katie McDonald said. “Our overtime today, I really think we dominated the passing game. We connected passes and got it down there and we had the opportunity, we just couldn't finish today. They came down and had that one opportunity, but all it takes is one chance.”
Goodwin received a pass off a teammate’s penalty corner at the top of the circle less than 10 minutes into the game’s start. She smacked the ball toward the goal and it hit the back of the cage to give Urbana an early 1-0 lead over Westminster (13-4).
However, less than a minute later, Owls senior midfielder Madi Macera took a scoring chance in similar fashion. Teammate Julia Rogalski’s penalty corner connected with Haleigh Moore. Moore sent the pass up to Macera who wasted no time in securing a goal to tie the teams at 1-1.
It remained so through the remainder of regulation, with plenty of scoring opportunities for both teams.
The Hawks (16-0-1) garnered five penalty corners in the second half — one was kicked away by Jenne early in the period. Jenne, a junior, made a total of 11 saves. The Owls defense managed to clear each of the Hawks’ corners, with the exception of one that rolled just outside the cage with 13:56 to go.
“[Jenne] definitely played a great game,” McDonald said. “We have been giving her pep talks to work on her confidence and she really did step it up big today. She had a great game.”
The Owls powered through on offense through the first overtime period, but it remained tied after 10 minutes. Goodwin’s game-winner came just seconds after a timeout was called in the second OT.
“I just remember all of us being together and what made us work was our ability to work together,” Owls senior midfielder Chloe Sankovich said. “We were really strong together and we had really good friendships and I think that definitely helped on the field.”
“This kind of just goes to show, it was definitely a disappointment, but this is the team where everybody got along, there was no drama,” McDonald added. “It was a great season and I really thought this was going to be the year to do it, but it just goes to show that anything can happen.”