FORT WAYNE – With the way Carroll sophomore Lorah Pund was playing in goal, the host Chargers would have been OK going to penalty kicks in a Class 2A sectional semifinal with Bishop Dwenger.
But another sophomore, Amber Hoot, made sure that wasnt necessary with an overtime goal in a 1-0 Chargers win over the Saints on Thursday.
In PKs, I usually just sit down because theres not a whole lot you can do, Carroll coach Rick Smith said. You either make them or you dont. We have been on both sides of that in the past, but it is nice not to go to PKs.
Just like basketball, you keep playing until you get a winner. I have never liked (penalty kicks).
Hoot sent the Chargers into Saturdays final with a goal in the second overtime half (89th minute).
Carroll will play Snider in Saturdays 7:30 p.m. championship. Snider beat Northrop 2-1 in penalty kicks.
A lot of teams when they go to overtime, they always seem to go to PKs, Hoot said. Both teams were super intense in overtime, and that made it all the more fun.
We werent looking to go to PKs. I dont think either team did. Both teams were thinking finish it now and dont let it go to one-on-one with your keeper. Lets get it done. That was the mindset both teams had.
The teams battled through a scoreless regulation, a seven-minute half of overtime and almost two minutes into the second OT half before Hoot scored on from in front of the net after a crossing pass from Kelsey Cicora.
I just remember seeing the ball come in and thinking I better put this in or I am never going to let myself forget it, Hoot said.
That was a great cross and the whole play developed so good.
Pund had seven saves, a couple in impressive fashion, keeping the Saints out of the goal. Dwenger goalkeeper Ali Adams had five saves.
Lorah Pund was a monster, Smith said. She was just great, save after save.
The Saints (11-5) beat the Chargers 2-1 in penalty kicks last year and then advanced to the semistate semifinals.
Carroll (11-5), which received 2A honorable mention, beat No. 18 Bishop Dwenger 3-0 in the regular season.
Beating Dwenger twice in one year is good, Smith said. They are very good, and there is a ton of talent and a ton of speed on that team. We are very fortunate.
We always have two goals: one is win conference and one is to win sectional. If you win sectional, who knows how far you can go? We just count our blessings that we got by Dwenger.
The Saints managed to control things in the first half, with the Chargers talking at the break and playing better in the second half.
In the second half, we missed some golden opportunities and shouldnt have even gone to overtime, Smith said. But the kids stepped up (in overtime).