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Wilson defeats Wyomissing in overtime to capture 2021 BCIAA girls soccer championship

With just over nine minutes remaining in the first overtime period of the BCIAA girls soccer championship game, Wilson pushed the ball deep into Wyomissing territory.

The ball bounced inside the 18-yard box, where senior midfielder Jordan Lasky was well positioned to capitalize on the opportunity.

“It bounced past a couple of people and I just saw it in the open,” Lasky said. “I had to bring it down and then I just buried it.”

Lasky’s golden goal gave the top-seeded Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over the second-seeded Spartans Thursday night at New Schaefferstown. The county championship is Wilson’s third in the last four seasons.

“I’m really happy for her to score [that] goal,” Wilson coach Tim Fick said about Lasky. “In games like this, it’s not your big-name players that get the goal, it’s a player that is just in the right place at the right time. That’s just a hard-working, grind-it-out player — and that’s what Jordan is.”

With eight seniors, the Bulldogs’ senior class completes an impressive four-year run in the county playoffs. Wilson qualified for each of the last four title matches, winning in 2018, 2019 and Thursday night. Last year, the Bulldogs fell to the Spartans in the final.

“Their intensity was amazing,” Fick said about his seniors. “They’re (not) just great players, but they’re great kids. To see them win this, (it) means the world to me.”

The Bulldogs grabbed an early lead thanks to a strong offensive attack. Wilson busted through the Spartans’ defense and senior midfielder Keira Levengood scored on a powerful shot from about 12 yards away with over 32 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs were in control early, pressuring Wyomissing all over the pitch. Wilson created several strong scoring opportunities, but only scored once, as the Spartans shut down several attacks inside their 18-yard box.

Wyomissing settled down and began to play at its pace midway through the first half, orchestrating several attacks and pressuring the Bulldogs. True to their style, the Spartans utilized the wide areas of the pitch and continued to create chances off crosses.

With just over 13 minutes remaining in the first, Wyomissing built its attack through the middle of the field. After a pair of short passes, senior Hannah Hurleman sent a pass to senior Isabel Marshall, who was open on the left side of the box.

Marshall made a move and ripped a shot from about 15 yards away that found its way into the side pocket of the net.

The two teams remained tied 1-1 for the rest of the first half, and possession was largely even.

The game remained even for the large majority of the second half, before Wilson began to create a few scoring chances in the final minutes of regulation. The Bulldogs were able to break through the defense several times, but couldn’t find the net.

“The more chances we have, the faster we play and the more we want it,” Lasky said. “At the end, we were running on pure adrenaline and we really wanted it.”

Wilson carried that momentum into overtime. After a few unsuccessful offensive surges, Lasky found the open net.

“It’s really amazing,” Lasky said about what the championship means to the Bulldogs. “We used a lot of time, but we were able to finish it really well.”

The Wilson girls soccer team gathers with the trophy after beating Wyomissing 2-1 in overtime to win the Berks title. (MATTHEW KNAUB — READING EAGLE)

Source: Berkshire mont

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