Overtime goal lifts Seymour past Sevier County
On a night when Sevier County felt unlucky near the box, a lucky bounce was exactly what Seymour needed for a dramtic victory.
Courtney Dyer's corner kick slid through the outstretched hands of Bearettes' keeper Marah Herrell before Danielle Dutcher cleanly struck the ball into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory on Monday in the District 2-AAA girls soccer quarterfinals.
"I was just like, 'I've got to hit it and it's got to go in,' " Dutcher said. "... It feels great."
The goal, halfway through the first overtime, was enough to send Seymour into Tuesday's semifinals against South-Doyle. It came after nearly 85 minutes of scoreless soccer.
The No. 6 Bearettes actually had the better run of play for most of the game, forcing Lily Marine to make 11 saves. Sevier County applied pressure to the third-seeded Eagles that only subsided when Seymour, led by Dyer in midfield, countered with its speed.
Sevier County's dynamo was Savannah Stair, who provided disruptions by picking off passes in midfield and creating fast breaks. None of those opportunities ended in a goal, though.
"We played well," Stair said. "I'm really proud of this team. I couldn't be more proud tonight. We had so many opportunities. We just couldn't get one in. Just wasn't meant to be, I guess."
A dramatic finish was.
Both teams had chances in the second half with tension rising. Both Dyer and Stair had free kicks that rippled the top of the net. Halfway through the period, Dyer did a give-and-go with Sarah Brewer the length of the field before Brewer's shot went wide.
Possession was more even when the teams went to overtime. Dyer placed the ball perfectly in the mixer around the six-yard box on the winning corner. The havoc that ensued led to the breakthrough.
"Really we just try to get them to where they drop down right in the PK spot, right across the face of the goal," Dyer said. "When it hits, everyone pounces on it. (Dutcher) was in a great place, had great timing."