Maryville advances to USA South Semifinals behind Lukas' Golden Goal

Maryville advances to USA South Semifinals behind Lukas' Golden Goal

The Maryville College Scots advanced through the USA South Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon, using a 3-2 overtime victory over Huntindgon College.

Maryville's Sarah Wickman used a corner kick in the 98th minute, crossing it to the back post from the left. Miranda Lukas placed a perfect header into the center of the net for the game-winner.

"It was unreal," Wickman said. "It was just the perfect ball – right time, right place. We finished it. It just means that we worked so hard as a team overall throughout the game. We just wanted to get it done right then and there."

For Wickman, she was glad to see Lukas on the other end of such a key play.

"We were really just trying to stay focused and play calm and past defeat. Corners are obviously a very common way to score, so we had to make it count. Really, all I was thinking was getting it to the right spot. 'Randi' got on the end of it, and it was instant joy for her to put that away."

With the win, Maryville advance to the USA South Semifinals for the first time since 2015. The Scots won the USA South Tournament crown in 2014 – Wickman's freshman season – as she hopes they can do it again in her senior year.

"This is everything – a dream come true," Wickman said. "My freshman year, we won conference. To win freshman year and, hopefully, senior year would be just a dream come true. We've got so many freshmen on the team, and I want them to see what that's like so they can continue the tradition of good soccer here at Maryville."

As the top-ranked seed remaining in the tournament, the Scots will host the semifinals and finals of the USA South Tournament on Nov. 3-4.

Maryville would strike first 12th minute, as Sipos collected her 15th goal of the 2017 season. Wickman contained a pass back to the middle from Shannon Reagan, as Wickman would loft a long cross to the right side over a defender. Sipos would collect it in the box, blasting a high shot over the keeper into the upper left of the net for a 1-0 Maryville lead.

Just 1:53 later, the Scots would find the strings again. Lukas used a long cross from right to left, finding Reagan on the left side of the goal. Reagan used a touch pass back to the middle, as Lexie Hill used a spin, centering the ball in the upper part of the net for a 2-0 Maryville lead. Reagan and Lukas were both credited with an assist, as Hill tallied her sixth goal of the year in the 14th minute.

Huntingdon got on the board in the 31st minute of action. A pass forward found Elena Guy, as she touched a pass over a defender. Once free, she went one-on-one from the 18, tossing it over Abby Coleman's head for the Hawks first goal of the match and Guy's seventh of the year. Maryville led 2-1 with 30:04 showing on the clock.

In the 43rd minute, Reagan had a chance for her first goal of the match with a pair of chances. She had a shot blocked by a Huntingdon defender, forcing a corner kick. Wickman's corner kick found Reagan in the box, as her header bounced off the bottom of the crossbar.

Maryville outshot the Hawks, 5-3, as both squads had a pair of shots on goal. The Scots led with four corner kicks to none in the first half.

Huntingdon has seven fouls to three on the Scots.

Guy had all three of the Hawks' shot attempts as she had the goal. Reagan had a pair of shots to lead MC's five.

In the 61st and 63rd minutes, Maryville again had key opportunities. Reagan clanked her second shot of the day off the post, before Sipos fired wide on a breakaway. With 26 minutes left in the match, the Scots clung to their 2-1 advantage.

Huntingdon would strike in the 70th minute. A corner kick Alexis Louk would find the box, as Huntingdon would pinball it. A trio of shots were blocked by Scots' defenders, before Meredith Harrison would find the back of the net with a falling down, over the head kick into the lower left of the net. With 69:06 on the clock, the Hawks and Scots were tied at 2-each.

The squads would play to overtime, as the Scots held a 10-9 advantage in shots. The teams were tied, 5-5, in shots on goal, as each goalie recorded a trio of saves.

Three minutes into the first overtime, the Hawks nearly ended the match. Keeper Abby Coleman came out past the top of the box, as Coco Burgess directed a ball. Coleman miss kicked it, as the ball rolled just wide of MC's goal.

In the 98th minute, Maryville would secure the victory with Lukas' golden goal.