“I did that on purpose,” Casey Chalupny said to a teammate, smiling with a grin that stretched from ear-to-ear.
The Ursuline sophomore forward had just ended one of the most well-played and intense soccer games of the spring season that is rapidly coming to a close.
After bumping, fouling, attacking and surviving rival Cor Jesu for 80 minutes, Ursuline brought home the 1-0 win when Chalupny was able to chip a beauty of a shot from the left side of the box into the back right corner of the goal less than two minutes into overtime.
Junior Brooke Barczewski slipped a slick through ball to Chalupny between two defenders. After a touch or two Chalupny flicked her ankle and sent the ball sailing out of the reach of goalkeeper Sam Bersett.
“I knew if I made a hard run Brooke would get it to me,” Chalupny said. “I had to get it on goal somehow.”
The win over Cor Jesu was the first for the Bears in the last two seasons and put a nice cap on a hellacious week. Ursuline played St. Joseph’s to a penalty kick loss Tuesday, thumped Nerinx Hall Thursday and then secured the OT win Saturday.
“All three teams gave us all they could,” Ursuline coach Ashlee Slaybach said.
Ursuline (16-4) has won seven of its last eight with the only ding in its record that loss at St. Joe.
Junior Mallory Yant picked up the shutout as she was outstanding between the pipes, saving several point blank chances during regulation.
“She was big time for us today,” Slaybach said.
Cor Jesu (13-4) played four games this week and split them. The Chargers bookended their week with defeats at home to Eureka and Ursuline but won at Fort Zumwalt West and St. Charles.
Cor Jesu coach Melissa Bruno was upbeat afterwards. She complimented Chalupny’s goal and praised Ursuline (her alma mater).
“That was a great shot,” Bruno said. “She placed it perfectly.”
She said while Saturday’s game was important, it was only important for Saturday. The Chargers have their hands full this coming week with games at Rock Bridge (Monday), at Parkway South (Tuesday) and the season finale at home against Incarnate Word (Wednesday).
The playoffs open the following week and Cor Jesu looks like a lead-pipe lock to hold down the Class 3, District 8 tournament at Oakville. Despite their recent hiccups, the Chargers are on the short list of teams that have a legit shot at a state championship.
“Our goal is to win districts and (get to) state,” Bruno said. “We have to take this as a learning opportunity.”
Lindbergh 2, Nerinx Hall 1
Angela Black and Lindsey Oettle each scored to help the Flyers (11-3) win at Nerinx Hall (10-9).
Lindbergh will be at Summit on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Nerinx Hall (10-9) plays at home against Westminster on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Kirkwood 2, Webster Groves 0
Tara Bruns and Rachel Kibby scored goals to lead the Pioneers past their rival on the road.
Kirkwood (11-6) goes on the road to play Parkway Central on Monday at 6 p.m. Webster Groves (15-7) will play Ladue at Moss Field on Monday at 7 p.m.