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Suddenly Over

Posted: February 23, 2008 3:50 a.m.
Updated: April 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart's Kelsey Kraskian, foreground, and Brittiny Reddick, back, lay on the ground after losing to Agoura High in overtime, as the Chargers celebrate. Agoura won at home 2-1 on Friday .

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AGOURA - The Hart girls soccer team's mettle on Friday could be summed up in forward Lindsay Mills.

She came back into the game after being hit so hard she blacked out. She chipped two teeth and was spitting out blood.

Hart had just one reserve on the bench coming into the game and standout forward Sarina Coutin has been dealing with a bad back throughout playoffs.

Despite being bruised and battered, the Indians weren't going down without a fight.

They battled for 117 minutes over two overtimes, but a golden goal by Agoura High's Kendall Dreyer gave her team a 2-1 win and knocked Hart (18-5-5) out in the CIF-Southern Section Division II quarterfinals at Agoura High.

It was a game between two second-place teams from what are widely considered two of the toughest leagues in the area - the Marmonte League and the Foothill League.

"It's sad to lose a game when you are dominating," said Hart head coach Louis Romero. "I thought we dominated and in the end we made one mistake."

After a pass by an Agoura player that the Indians defense failed to clear out of the back field, Hart's freshman goalkeeper Kayce Perkins came off her line and out of the penalty box to try and beat Dreyer to the ball.

Perkins got a piece of the ball, but not enough and Dreyer tracked down the ball to score on an open net from near the 6-yard box to send the Chargers (18-2-5) to the semifinals. The goal came just three minutes before the contest would have been sent to penalty kicks to determine a winner.

"As had not been happening all game, (the ball) bounced in our favor," said Chargers head coach Michael Skene about the game-winning play.

The game didn't even look headed for overtime, but a gritty effort by Mills sent it to the extra period.

Mills was part of a vicious collision in the 14th minute of the game with Agoura defender Kelsey Reichow.

The senior Mills laid on the ground for several minutes and came off the field spitting blood. The side of Reichow's head was bleeding and she left the game to go get stitches. It also meant for the time being, Hart had no subs.

"I don't remember going for the ball. I blacked out," Mills said. "I don't remember walking back to the bench.

"Out of everything, you've got to push through."

In the 54th minute, Mills returned to the game.

In the 81st minute, which is stoppage time, Mills fired a shot past Chargers goalkeeper Gina Goryoka from the edge of the penalty box to tie the score 1-1.

Freshman Katie Trevino had two defenders on her, but somehow got the ball to Mills, who had run around the pack and was free at the top of the box.

"I don't know how I got it," Mills said. "Someone passed it to me. I took a left-footed shot, and I'm not even left footed. It felt amazing.

"Skene said he worried that Hart was going to find a way, even though the Chargers scored in the 26th minute - also a goal by Dreyer. She lifted a shot over the head of Perkins after receiving a cross from Dara Deaton.

"I thought the momentum was with them from the moment we scored the first goal," Skene said. "Once we did, they made the determined decision to not lose 1-0."

The Indians put the pressure on in the second half and had a goal scored by Brittiny Reddick called back due to an off-sides call in the 24th minute. Five minutes later, Megan Indermill, who had been solid in the back for Hart all game long, took a shot in the box that nicked the crossbar.

With 2:30 to go in the first overtime period, Allison Carivau took a shot that Goryoka made a one-handed stab at, and the ball nearly rolled in. Many of the Hart players thought it went in, but the referee motioned for play to continue.

It was their most dangerous shot through the 37 minutes of overtime.

But neither team scored in the first 20-minute overtime, forcing a sudden death overtime period of 20 minutes, ending with Dreyer's second goal of the day.

Both Agoura goalkeepers, Perkins and Goryoka, finished with five saves for the game.

Hart, which lost 13 seniors from last year's semifinal team, was the last Foothill League soccer team, boys or girls, to be in the playoffs.

"We were the underdogs this year. We got second in league. To make it this far in CIF, the quarterfinals, that's the top elite eight teams," Mills said. "That means so much to us seniors."

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