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May 5, 2012

Wagoner’s run continues; Lady Bulldogs to semifinals

— WAGONER — Cinderella keeps on dancing.

The Wagoner Lady Bulldogs, not highly regarded and barely in the top 20 in the rankings two weeks ago, pulled off their second overtime win in as many games as they defeated unranked Claremore Sequoyah 2-1 at Odom Field Friday night to advance to play Elk City in the Class 4A state semifinals Tuesday at Elk City.

Just as they did against Fort Gibson on Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs, now ranked No. 7 in Class 4A by Okrankings.com, waited until the end of the game to tie it up and, just as it has been for the past three games, Emily Goodwin was the difference maker.

It looked like the Lady Eagles might make a Wagoner own goal stand up stand up for the victory. But as Claremore Sequoyah (10-5) furiously played defense and the clock ticked inside one minute to play in the game, Goodwin went after a through ball into the penalty box. In a foot race with Sequoyah goal keeper Haley Saul, Goodwin got to the ball first and chipped it in over the diving Saul to tie the game 1-1 with 56.8 seconds left to play.

“It looked like the sweeper froze just a little on the through ball and the keeper came charging after the ball,” said a jubilant WHS coach Brandon Carr. “Emily was hurting tonight, but when we needed that spark she fights through it and delivers. And that goes for all eight of our seniors who again showed their determination to finish.”

With the late score, it was obvious as the teams kicked off the overtime, that the Lady Bulldogs (12-3) were rejuvenated.

“Once we tied the game, I had a flashback to the Fort Gibson game,” said Carr, whose team was runner-up in District 4A-8.  ”I knew we had been in that situation before and that we knew how to finish it out.”

In the first minute of the first overtime period, Callie Jones nearly won it for the Lady Bulldogs when she hammered a shot from 15 yards out that was barely deflected away by Saul. Shortly after that, Goodwin took a long pass from Jones and dribbled around the goalkeeper to score from point-blank range just 1:54 into the overtime.

In the three playoff victories for Wagoner thus far, Goodwin has scored six of her team’s seven goals.  

 ”I’ve got to put everything out there,” the senior forward said. “It’s the last home game ever on this field. I’m disappointed that we’ve waited until the last minute in these last two games to get the job done but I’m still glad that it happened.”

Wagoner goalkeeper Mikayla Taylor also came up big for the Lady Bulldogs in the closing minutes as she deflected one shot and smothered the rebound shot by the Lady Eagles, the 7-4A runners-up in the regular season, with about five minutes to play.

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