September 12th, 2018

McKinney's heroics give HC a 2-OT victory over PRP

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

McKinney's heroics give HC a 2-OT victory over PRP
Haylee Ashabraner of Holy Cross fights with PRP's Madison Lowe for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

Amber Kaufman and Karly McKinney were the heroes for Holy Cross Wednesday night.

Kaufman served up a long ball as McKinney went on a breakaway and blasted the ball past Pleasure Ridge Park’s charging goalkeeper Sarah Lowe with 2:32 left in double overtime to give the visiting Cougars a thrilling 1-0 golden goal victory.

McKinney had several chances throughout regulation and overtime, but was finally able to sneak one past Lowe.

“For the first all-night we looked up, found some space, and played the right ball,” Holy Cross head coach Scott Walker said. “Karly is one of our go-to players. In a situation like that you hope somebody like that is up to the challenge, we’ve fighting that ball with Amber all-year telling her to get her head up. We needed to make that one good pass and Amber did that.”

Kaufman served up the long pass after stealing the ball from a Panther.

“The time was running down and I knew out best shot was going to be a breakaway goal,” McKinney said. “We really didn’t have the time to stand around and setup a play. Amber saw the same thing as me and served me a great ball.”

“I ran and got the ball from a PRP player,” Kaufman said. “Then I was open for a bit as I dribbled it down, I saw Karly making a run for it and gave her the best ball I could. She ran to it and finished the play with a goal.”

Holy Cross (6-3-1) has won five straight in the series, PRP’s last win came back on Oct. 15, 2015 in the 21st District title game.

The Cougars earned the No. 1-seed in next month’s district tournament with the win.

“You can’t win an overtime game with just one player,” Walker said. “It was a total team effort. The bench, everyone on the field, and the coaches were a part of this win. PRP played a heck of a game tonight and they outhustled us most of the game. Their passing was better and we got lucky that we hung around.”

Holy Cross dominated possesion, fired 11 shots (Lowe had five saves), and was rewarded with five corners.

PRP (3-4-1) took four shots at Cougar goalkeeper Bella Velez (two saves) and earned four corner kicks.

Holy Cross should have been awarded a PK with 11:32 left in regulation when Lowe grabbed a ball that was kicked by a fellow Panther, but the official didn’t see it, and allowed play to continue.

The Panthers best chance to score came with just under 10 minutes when Velez made a charge to the top of the box, but it ended up being a cross, however freshman Sarah Duffy saved the day, and booted the ball away.

“I knew that defense had my back,” Velez said. “I rely on them so much. If I don’t have them, I lose this one every time. One time Sarah Duffy was there to save the day - I was on the other side of the goal and there was a cross. I couldn’t get there in-time and Sarah cleared it. She saved the game in the second half.”

PRP will now have to face Fairdale in the opening round of the district tournament while the Cougars get a bye and are guaranteed a spot in the Sixth Region Tournament.

“Our defensive plan was to contain them and not allow much inside,” Walker said. “We wanted to push them to the outside as much as we could. We did a really good job of doing that. They had maybe two quality good chances tonight. Carson Goatley did a great job at center-back and the midfielders did a good job too.”



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