Meadowdale outlasts Bainbridge for 2-1 shootout win | 3A Girls Soccer
Short-handed because of a red card, the top-ranked Mavericks scored five straight times in the shootout to beat the Spartans in a first-round game.
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EDMONDS — Top-ranked, unbeaten and untied, Meadowdale is certainly not untested after overcoming major adversity to win its first-round game in the Class 3A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday night.
After surviving a 1-1 deadlock through 80 minutes and overtime, Meadowdale scored five straight times in the shootout to edge Bainbridge 2-1.
Meadowdale went first in the shootout and scored four straight times before Bainbridge had a shot go just wide left. Rosalyn Stapleton then scored to push Meadowdale (20-0) into the quarterfinals.
The Mavericks will host Columbia River of Vancouver at 1 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Stadium.
Meadowdale had to play the final 15 minutes of regulation and all 10 minutes of overtime down a player after a red card.
"This just shows this team has a lot of heart and a lot of character," Meadowdale coach Wade Foley said. "To be honest, once we got that red card we were just playing to get into kicks. My girls are really strong in kicks and we have a really strong goalkeeper in Ashley Routh."
The win was Meadowdale's 12th this season by one goal and its second in a shootout.
Sixth-ranked Bainbridge (14-3-1) dominated play early in the game. The Spartans kept the ball in the Meadowdale side of the field most of the first half, getting six of the first seven shots in the game.
Bainbridge finally converted when Rosie Kerstetter, who was stopped on a point-blank chance in the first minute, converted her 15th goal of the season after an assist by Natalie Vukic in the 26th.
"We came out sluggish," Foley said. "We knew they had a lot of speed and we just didn't match it. It took us 30 minutes to get going."
Meadowdale tied it in the 53rd minute on Emily Crichlow's 18th goal of the season.
In the 65th minute, a Mavericks defender was given a red card and disqualified.
Bainbridge had three golden chances to end the game in regulation — the closest on a shot that deflected just wide in the 70th minute — but had to settle for overtime when the Spartans could not get the ball past Routh.
"They're really good, especially up front," Foley said of Bainbridge. "They really put a lot of pressure on us and pushed us to the limit. They're just a really good team."