Hoggard upsets Green Hope in penalty kick shootout
Posted May 19
Updated May 20
Green Hope’s perfect season came to an end Friday night, falling to Hoggard on penalty kicks in the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls soccer state playoffs.
“I tell our girls that we all get one season in our soccer careers that we will forever remember,” said Green Hope head girls soccer coach Stacy Lamb. “That year was this year for me.”
Lamb’s Falcons fell for the first time this season, 1-1 (4-2 PK), on Green Hope’s home pitch, one win short of reaching the east regional final.
After being outshot 21-7, the Vikings hung on with penalty kick goals from Kylie Barr, Siara Southerland, Kaitlyn Neighbour and Olivia Voogt.
Between the pipes, goalkeeper Blair Barefoot made 21 saves which included a game-winning kick save on Catherine Holbrook to seal the deal.
Hoggard broke the ice in the first half on an 18th minute score from Southerland. The Campbell University signee danced past a Falcon defender and struck a ball top-shelf past a leaping Lilly Dunn.
The Vikings would cling to that lead until the 77th minute of the match.
Having already fired 16 shots on goal, Green Hope’s Taylor Cammarata spun around and sent a high-arching shot from 35 yards out that snuck over the outstretched mitts of Barefoot for the equalizer.
“We knew that we were going to score at some point in the second half,” Lamb said. “Our girls have so much fight in them that they were not going to back down. The shots were going to come, and one of them was bound to go in.”
Barefoot stood on her head throughout the second half as she made 14 stops in the stanza, eight in the first 12 minutes alone. Dunn made six stops for Green Hope, four in either the final two minutes of regulation, or overtime.
With a trip to the regional final on the line, neither team could generate a scoring chance in the first 10-minute overtime. After Green Hope peppered the crossbar midway into the second overtime, Barefoot and Dunn traded stops to send the contest to a pair of “golden goal” periods.
For 10 more minutes of extra time, zeroes were exchanged.
“I felt good heading to PKs,” said Hoggard head coach Justin Schatz. “I knew that at some point during the playoffs, we would get to PK’s. We had been practicing them for about three weeks.”
Barr opened the Viking scoring in the top of the first round. She went top shelf past Dunn, only to see Green Hope’s Grace Wagner answer on a shot that fooled Barefoot.
Southerland and Bailey Petersen traded scores in round two, and then Kaitlyn Neighbour made it 3-2 Hoggard in the top half of the third.
In need of an equalizer, Green Hope’s Izzy Brown crushed a shot off of the crossbar to keep the advantage in favor of the Vikings.
Green Hope caught a break in the fourth round as Hoggard’s Jess Bennion sent a shot over the cage to keep the deficit at one, but Barefoot would hold on to the lead with a kick save against Holbrook in the bottom half of the frame.
Senior Olivia Voogt officially sent Hoggard through to the regional final with a game-winning penalty kick goal in the fifth round.
The Vikings will await the winner of Saturday’s match between Middle Creek and Cardinal Gibbons for a trip to the state finals.
“Olivia was due on that goal,” Schatz said. “She has been through so much in her career, having hit roadblocks off the field that prevented her from playing both her sophomore, and junior seasons. To have her come back her senior year, and score a goal of that magnitude was wonderful.”
Green Hope’s storybook season ends with a 23-1 record, and a top-10 national ranking, according to MaxPreps.com.
Hoggard’s record now stands at 22-2-1. The Vikings have not lost a match since March 10, when it fell 2-0 to Cardinal Gibbons in the Brittany Soccer Showcase in Wilson, N.C.