UNIONTOWN — In his last game, Francis Scott Key's Jake Gosselin made history in becoming the program's all-time leading scorer.
In what may have been his final game on the Eagles' home field on Monday, the senior striker gave an encore performance.
Gosselin scored all three of his team's goals, including a game-winner less than three minutes into overtime, that lifted FSK to a 3-2 win over Liberty, preventing the Lions from clinching a berth in next week's county championship game.
"He wants to be the man, and he's living up to the expectations," Eagles coach Larry Haines said. "Our boys love playing with him, I love coaching him. He's so smart, he really doesn't need coaching."
With the game knotted at 2-2, Gosselin wasted little time in lifting FSK (6-5, 3-4 county) to a win in the extra period. Just 2 minutes, 42 seconds into overtime, Gosselin received a pass from Wilfredo Flores. He collected the ball, sprinted through Liberty defenders, and booted it in for the winning score.
If it looked familiar, that's because Flores and Gosselin connected on a similar play late in the first half, when the Eagles took a 2-1 lead with 6:50 until halftime.
"The first goal, he just dropped it on my foot," Gosselin said. "We have that connection where he just knew I was going to get it. The intensity of the overtime, I just ran to the ball, the defender and the keeper collided, and I just flicked it in."
Gosselin now has 43 career goals, besting the previous mark of 39 held by former Eagles player and coach Dave Storey. Gosselin has 18 of those goals this season, the most of any player in Carroll.
The FSK senior put his team ahead 1-0 a little under 17 minutes in, scoring on a header. Liberty (5-5-2, 4-2) responded quickly, however, as Jon Danko tied the game 1-1 less then four minutes later.
After Gosselin gave the Eagles a halftime lead, the Lions again fought back, as Tony Cirri tied the game less than five minutes into the second half.
FSK goalie Ethan Rhoten made several of his 12 saves in the final 10 minutes, helping to preserve the tie and force overtime.
And when it was time for the extra period, Haines wasn't surprised to see who lifted his team to the victory.
"At the end of the game, [Gosselin] said, 'Listen, I can take these guys on the back side. I can take their defenders,'" Haines said. "He said that, and he did it."
The Lions could've clinched a spot in next Monday's county championship game with a win. South Carroll has already won the Cowan Division, and will face either the Lions or Westminster for the county crown.
If Liberty beats Manchester Valley on Thursday, it will play the Cavaliers.
"We've had a lot of ups and downs this year, so that's up to them," Liberty coach Dave Abarbanel said. "If they want to play, they can be a very successful team. If they don't, then it will be a short end to their season."
Monday's win possibly helped the Eagles in terms of playoff seeding in the Class 2A West region, as well as helped them build some momentum going into the postseason. Tonight, FSK wraps up its regular season at Frederick, looking to win for the fourth time in five games entering the playoffs.
"Us coming in, stepping up and beating them is huge for us," Gosselin said. "I'm proud of these guys and we really stepped up."
Goals: L-Jon Danko, Tony Cirri; FSK-Jake Gosselin 3.
Assists: L-Michael Williams; FSK-Wilfredo Flores 2.
Saves: L-8 (Justin Brookhart); FSK-12 (Ethan Rhoten).
Halftime: FSK, 2-1.
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