It took two overtimes, but the Sussex Tech Lady Ravens girls’ soccer squad got past the Middletown Cavaliers in the opening round of the DIAA Girls’ Soccer State Tournament on Thursday night, 2-1.
Sussex Tech’s Michelle Laz scored the game-winning golden goal just 2:30 in to the second overtime Thursday night to send the third seeded Ravens to the semifinals.
Thursday’s contest was delayed an hour by some nasty storms in the Milford area but the game was played under dry conditions the rest of the night.
Sussex Tech scored the game’s opening goal just six minutes into the contest, a lead that would hold until the 62nd minute. Laz, who scored the game winner in double OT, set up the Ravens’ first goal finding an open Sheyla Artiga who buried a shot into the back of the net.
While both teams would trade high percentage offensive chances, Tech was unable to pull away and the Cavs seemed destined to come up one goal short. That is until Middletown’s Alyssa Poarch broke loose down the near side of the field and let go of a rocket to tie things up at 1-1.
After a ten-minute overtime that solved nothing, Laz scored off a setup from Alexis Gale. Gale chipped the ball over the heads of the Cavalier defense allowing Laz to bang home the game-winner.
“I was telling (Gale) to just put it over the top, and she did it so many times eventually the last one was a charm,” said Laz. “I’m glad we got the win because we’ve been working so hard to get this far and we expect to really far the rest of the season.
The Lady Ravens now move onto the semifinals, but must await their opponent since the first round matchup between Padua and Newark was postponed Thursday.
“Whichever team we face we’ll go all out knowing it could be our last game,” Laz said. “ We’re going to give 100 percent, going to every ball knowing that we have a chance to win the state tournament.”