The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Community High School Viqueens 2-1 in overtime at Forrest High School Tuesday to advance to their district championship game.
The teams battled through two halves with no goals on either side, but the Lady Hornets ultimately came away with the win in overtime to move on to the next round.
Huntland head soccer coach Scott Worthington said he was incredibly proud of the effort his team put out to upset the Viqueens.
“It was an awesome game from these girls,” Worthington said. “They showed a lot of heart.”
The game remained scoreless through the entirety of regulation which meant both teams were playing in their first overtime game of the campaign.
Overtimes in high school soccer are played in two 10-minute halves with the leading team at the end of the halves being declared the winner.
The Viqueens got the first goal of the day five minutes into the first overtime period to put the Lady Hornets in a 1-0 hole. An injury to starting goalkeeper Megan Tipps would put the Lady Hornets in an even more precarious position.
However, Worthington said that backup goalkeeper Olivia Smith did an excellent job in relief of Tipps to keep the Viqueens at one goal.
The Lady Hornets scored both of their goals in the second overtime period to take the lead as they held on to win by one.
The goals were scored by seniors Katherine Clark and Natalie Stovall. Clark leads the team with 16 goals on the season while Stovall notched her fifth score of the year.
With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 9-4-2 on the season.
They will next play Thursday against Cascade High School at Forrest High School in the district championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.