BREESE • As a typical older sister, Roxana High senior Emma Lucas likes to exert her authority over little sibling Macie from time to time.
But on the pitch, Emma holds Macie, a freshman, in high regard.
So much so that Emma, the team captain, usually allows Macie to take free kicks from long distance on a regular basis.
"She's just a little better at them than I am," Emma admitted.
Emma bowed to Macie's expertise at the perfect time Friday afternoon.
Macie Lucas scored on a 44-yard bomb in overtime to lead the Shells to a 3-2 win over Wesclin in the championship match of the Class 1A Breese Regional at Breese Central High.
Roxana (16-2-3) claimed its second successive crown and will face Columbia (21-3) in the Columbia Sectional at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Macie and Emma banded together to help the Shells rally from a late 2-0 deficit. Emma tallied with 13 minutes and 53 seconds left in regulation and Macie tied the contest with 6:31 remaining on another long-range rocket.
"Our girls have lots of heart," Roxana coach Lori Yates said. "They don't give up. When they want to win, they go out there and get it."
Emma leads Roxana with 38 goals, Macie is second with 18. They form a deadly duo.
"This is so fun to be here and do this with my sister," Macie said. "Last year, I watched and saw how fun it was. Now, I get to be a part of it."
A big part.
Macie drilled her long free kick just over the outstretched fingertips of goalie Lydia Schorfheide and under the crossbar midway through the first of two 10-minute extra sessions.
The freshman fell to the ground after the hard strike.
"I was laying there and I couldn't believe it," Macie said.
Emma takes the lead at home, forcing Macie to handle a good majority of the household chores. Macie is always in charge of hauling the family dogs to the basement to put them to bed for the night, an assignment she was hoping to get out of after scoring the Shells' most important tally of the season.
But Emma said Macie still has to handle that particular chore.
"That's what little sisters are for," Emma joked.
The three-goal effort by the Lucas sisters helped the Shells to their seventh successive victory. They are unbeaten in their last 16 matches, their last loss was a 2-0 setback to Alton Marquette on March 17.
Roxana senior keeper Braeden Lackey shut the door over the final 43:56 to pick up her 16th win.
Wesclin (17-7), also in search of its second straight regional title, bolted to a 2-0 lead on goals by Claire Gruenke and Tori Calvert.
The Shells began to change the momentum after Wesclin senior Chloe Gruenke was sent off with a red card early in the second half.
With a stiff wind at their backs and a man advantage, the Shells charged back. Emma Lucas tallied off a nice feed from Cloe Copeland to trim the deficit in half. Macie tied it on a blast from around 25 yards out. Kortni Laws set up the goal.
"Our energy was building up at half," Macie said. "We came out happy and when we're happy we play so much better."
Wesclin, which reeled off 10 successive wins at one point in the season, held a territorial advantage over the first 55 minutes. But the Warriors simply ran out of steam, playing a man down during crunch time.
"It just wasn't our day today," Wesclin coach Terry Calvert said. "The red card made it tough."
The Shells are slowly becoming a force after winning the first regional title in school history last season.
"We've worked hard to make this happen," Emma Lucas said.