ST. CLAISVILLE - The Beaver Local girls soccer team gained a measure of revenge and redemption as the Beavers recorded a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over Edison in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Co-Final Saturday afternoon at Red Devil Stadium.
"It is a great feeling to share back-to-back sectional titles," Beaver Local head coach Liz Connor said. "We are excited about having the opportunity for our season to continue. It is always a close game whenever we play Edison. It is unfortunate the game had to be decided by a shootout."
Edison (3-11-2) was done by its old nemesis - the shootout. The Wildcats have only won one shootout in the program's history. That victory came last year in the regional semifinals.
"If you can't make your PK's, you can't win," Edison head coach Jeremy Angelo said. "The game was back and forth. Both teams had opportunities in regulation. Both teams had chances in overtime.
"If you can't get the ball on that 8-by-24 goal, you aren't going to win a penalty kick shootout."
Alex Eisenhart played a key role in Beaver Local's win over Edison, scoring the lone goal in regulation and added another in the shootout.
Neither team scored in the final 76:18 of game time, and the game headed into the shootout tied at 1.
The Beavers were the first to kick in the shootout.
Both teams missed in Round 1.
Eisenhart and Caylee Cunningham scored in the second and third rounds for the Beavers, while Edison did not score.
Beaver Local (4-14) missed in Round 4 and Wildcats senior MaryAnne Reed netted hers for a 2-1 deficit.
Edison goalie Jen Sheets saved the Beavers' final shot, but another miss by the Wildcats sealed their fate.
"I wish Beaver Local good luck in the district final," Angelo said. "I knew it was going to be a battle. I knew it was going to be close. I knew it wasn't going to be 5-0 game or anything like that."
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first. Kaylynn Drabick raced down a through ball, and she lofted a shot over Maranda Kiddey's head and into the goal to give Edison a 1-0 lead with 25:35 left to play in the first half.
The Wildcats had a golden opportunity to add to their lead just about 10 minutes later.
Bube hauled in another through ball, and she broke in on a 1-on-1 breakaway against Kiddey. The junior goalie came out and she was able to knock the ball away keeping the score 1-0.
"Their goalie made a good play on that," Angelo said. "Bethanie dribbled in, and she came out and was able to make the save. We had some chances. We just didn't convert. That is nothing new. We have had trouble scoring all year.
"We planned for PK's. We worked on PK's. We played for 110 minutes. I think there were some tired legs and some tired minds. They didn't get over the ball. They leaned back."
In the end, Edison held the lead for less than 20 minutes.
Beaver Local stepped up its level of pressure in an attempt to score the equalizer before halftime. The Beavers had possession of the ball deep on the Wildcats' side of the field. The ball squirted free inside the penalty box, and an Edison defender attempted to clear the ball out of harm's way.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the ball ended up going straight to Eisenhart, who was standing in the middle of the box. Eisenhart quickly fired a shot past Sheets to even the score with 6:18 left to play in the first half.