After a scoreless first half, the Central DeWitt and Dubuque Hempstead girls soccer teams got their offenses rolling during Friday night’s non-conference tilt.
Both squads found the back of the net twice after halftime to send the game to overtime.
When two extra periods were not enough to determine a winner, the two squads went to penalty kicks where the Mustangs finally prevailed for the 3-2 victory.
Sabers senior Morgan Machovec kicked off the late offensive fireworks, breaking the scoreless stalemate with a breakaway that saw her dribble around the goalkeeper and push the ball over the goal line.
The lead did not last long. Instead, the Mustangs answered almost immediately, putting the teams on equal footing again.
This time, it was Hempstead which broke the tie, thanks to a free kick that found room just under the crossbar.
Now, it was the hosts who needed to answer and fast.
Fortunately, Machovec was up to the task, as the senior broke through again for her second goal to tie things at two.
A pair of 10-minute extra periods were not enough to determine a winner, so the two teams went to a shootout.
The visitors converted two of their attempts and that proved to be enough to clinch the victory.
Machovec led the Sabers with four shots, while Mia Braddock, who assisted one of Machovec’s goals, and EmmaGrace Hartman both added two (Lilly Fuglsang and Marisa Lopez had individual shots).
Senior goalkeeper Kathryn Grau saved five shots.
The Sabers opened their week with the unenviable task of facing the top-ranked team in Class 3A — Pleasant Valley.
The Spartans lived up to their lofty ranking, owning possession and striking for five goals in a 5-0 victory.
The hosts kept Grau busy and the Saber responded with 14 saves, but the consistent pressure hindered Central DeWitt’s own offensive chances as they were limited to a single Machovec shot.