FENTON • “We'll take it, but I'm not sure we deserve it,'' Collinsville soccer coach Clay Smith said following a frustrating 1-0 overtime victory over Washington in the opening round Monday of the 23rd annual CYC/Joseph Carenza Memorial Tournament at St. Louis Soccer Park.
“We couldn't put anything away tonight and it nearly cost us,'' Smith continued. “If we weren't shooting the ball right at the keeper, we were putting it over the goal and toward the street. About the only good thing about tonight is that we found a way and somehow managed to move on to play another day.''
Ranked 10th among STLhighschoolsports.com large schools, the Kahoks (11-2-1) advance to play Oakville (10-3) in the 7:45 p.m semifinal on Wednesday.
The nine-team event wraps up Thursday with the title match at 7:45 p.m.
Oakville also needed overtime to get past Webster Groves 2-1 in the late game Monday.
Collinsville freshman Mikayla McCarthy put the end to a frustrating night when she converted a pass from Kat Roe late in the second 10-minute overtime period.
“She had plenty of chances, and she finally put one of them on frame,'' Smith said.
In other first-round matches Monday. ...
OAKVILLE 2, WEBSTER GROVES 1 (OT) • Nicole Mard knocked in a Lauren Fussell corner kick late in the first 10-minute extra period for the Tigers.
Mard also had the game's opening goal, scoring with a shot into the roof of the net early in the match. But the Statesmen (13-4) came right back.
Not long after Oakville keeper Tina Haberberger came up with a diving stop to rob freshman Maddie Pokorny, junior Abbey Pokorny scored during a goal-mouth scramble to even the match at 1.
Oakville had more scoring chances in a fast-paced game, but Webster Groves was always dangerous.
Oakville's Ashley Burton hit the crossbar with a shot early in the second half and Mard grazed the bar with a rising shot later in the period.
The Statesmen just missed taking the lead in the final minutes of regulation when a deflected ball gave Maddie Pokorny a breakaway chance. But Haberberger came strong off her line to thwart the scoring chance, getting called for a trip after she and Pokorny collided.
Shaken up on the play, Haberberger had to leave the match momentarily, putting Fussell, the team's sweeper in goal, for a few scary moments. On the ensuing kick, Webster Groves' Morgan Unger ripped a 30-yard shot off the crossbar. But the scramble for the loose ball ended when Fussell went up and grabbed it.
“A really courageous play on the part of Tina and what can you say about Fussell?'' Oakville coach Dave Robben said. “That's a good team over there. They're very quick and they showed us a few different looks. They've come a long, long way since last year, but I loved the way our guys hung in and did what they needed to do to get the win.''
ALTHOFF 4, DUCHESNE 3 (OT) • Alexis Jones capped a huge game when she scored early in extra time for the Crusaders, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit late in the second half.
Jones finished the day with two goals, including the game-winner, and a pair of assists. Grace Rowan had the other two goals for Althoff (8-8), which will play the winner of Tuesday's Lindbergh/Rosati-Kain match in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Duchesne (4-7) received two goals from Janelle Eisenbath and another from fellow sophomore Jordan Reimer.
ROSATI-KAIN 5, PACIFIC 1 • Ranked 10th among area small schools, the Kougars (11-4-1) pulled away late in a first-round win over the Indians (3-13).
Megan Anderson, Celsey Royer, Kady Dieringer, Tayisah Pohtos and Brittany Shollar scored for Rosati-Kain, which takes on defending tournament champion Lindbergh (5-6-1) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Down 1-0 midway through the opening half, Pacific tied it when Kim Myers headed in a corner kick from Hunter Kelemen.