October 21st, 2020

Glass, Issacs, Quintero lift SHA to 8th title

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer


Glass, Issacs, Quintero lift SHA to 8th title
Sacred Heart's Allie George and Manual's Emerson Jones battle for control. George had one goal for SHA (photo by Eric Thorne)

Mallory Glass set the stage for a showdown, Amanda Isaacs’ save provided the opportunity and Gabriela Quintero’s penalty kick goal sealed the victory as Sacred Heart’s soccer team won its eighth consecutive 7th Region title Wednesday at Assumption Green.

Sacred Heart won the game 3-2 and 4-3 on penalty kicks. It was the second straight game that the Valkyries need PK’s to win after downing Assumption 2-1 on Monday.

“Just amazing let me say playing two double overtime games and PKs both wins we are just over the moon excited to be going to state,” Glass said.

As the final shooter Quintero calmly set the ball for her shot and laced the winner into the net.

“It’s a high and definitely exhilarating after some close calls but I just needed my teammates supporting me and was confident it was going in,” Quintero said.

But the Valkyries (13-4-1) needed Glass’ equalizing goal with just 4:13 left in regulation to draw even at 2-2 against a Manual team that had them on the ropes. The junior then nailed the first penalty kick for Sacred Heart for her team leading 21st goal of the year.

Glass, a University of Kentucky commit, found herself in a lot of traffic as her team played with a heightened sense of urgency trailing 2-1. She stumbled slightly coming across the box and suddenly found some separation from her defenders.

“Manual played great defense all night and frustrated us for sure,” Glass added. “I saw the ball in the box and went for it, whipped my hips around because I didn’t have the angle but turned and fired to the corner and I was so excited I sprinted right out of there.”

Manual grabbed the quick early lead just 2:09 into the game when Paige Neal was all alone facing the goal and sent an easy shot past goalkeeper Isaacs into the lower left corner.

That lead was short lived as Regan Nolan lined a perfect corner kick to Allie George who headed it past goalkeeper Kylie Seraphine with 32:28 left in the half.

Manual (7-6) regained the lead with 12:58 left in the half when Sophia Mitchell launched a free kick from near midfield that sailed just over the head of Isaacs.

The game would remain that way as Sacred Heart coach Christian Laurie continued to plead with his team to have better movement, be more aggressive without settling and just finish.

“They figured out a way to win. They gritted and grinded and just kept fighting and going and pounding even after getting deflated after the second goal,” Laurie said.

They picked up on all of that but could not find a way to get another shot by Seraphine who was stellar in goal all night despite Sacred Heart getting 28 chances at her.  

Unfortunately, the Manual offense only got a single shot on goal in the second half and one additional in the first overtime for a total of six in the game.

“It only takes one and luckily we found the one to tie and get it to the end and I’ll take Amanda Issacs in that situation because she’s at least good for one,” Laurie added. “I could not be prouder because these girls went and earned it.”

Glass and Neal each made their first penalty kicks, but Evenelyn Overstreet missed for Manual as did Anna Buse for Sacred Heart. Elizabeth Kraimer, Mary Margaret Vickers each connected for the Crimsons and Reagan and Aubrey Nolan for the Valkyries.

“I was confident of where I was going, and I never second guess myself,” Glass said. “It was so important that I get that first goal there.”

Leah Greenburg then lined up to face Issacs and fired low and left. Issacs dropped to her knees guessing correctly and corralled the ball.

“PKs are pretty stressful because the chances of stopping it is one out of 10, but honestly to have that opportunity to make the winning save I’d rather be in there all the time,” Isaacs said.

After consulting with her coaches Issacs set out all alone next to the goal to wait her turn at the penalty kicks.

“I just get in mindset of what’s about to come take some deep breaths before touching the line and think this is it here we go,” Issacs said. “In the past Leah has shot to the left before but I made the mistake of going right and this time I told myself I gotta go left and if I save it I save it.”

That save was all Quintero needed and the senior line up and lifted it into the top of the net just over Seraphine.

“I was so proud of Amanda making that key save right there and it set us up to finish and put it away,” Quintero said. “I am so locked in and don’t even think it’s the potential game winner until I stare into the keepers eyes and then realize that my team is screaming and supporting me and that helps me make it every time.”

Sacred Heart now moves onto the state tournament where they are the defending champions and on a quest for title number seven. They travel to face the 5th Region winner either Bardstown or Bethlehem at 4pm Saturday.

“It was a little concerning as the game wound down in the second half, but to pull this out just is a huge confidence boost and now our moral is really high and if we just keep building each other’s confidence we are going to win state” Quintero said. number seven. They travel to face the 5th Region winner either Bardstown or Bethlehem at 4pm Saturday.

 

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