She had once chance, Sara Woodring thought. A long shot maybe, but what else she could do?
Trailing by one goal with time running out, Eden Prairie’s junior forward took a whack at the stick of Stillwater goalkeeper Katie Lottsfeldt, who had just made a terrific save and appeared to be running out the clock.
The ball fell out. Woodring picked it up and tucked it into the goal. One second remained and Eden Prairie, which had trailed all game, was tied 14-14.
The top-seeded Eagles rode the energy of that dramatic, season-saving goal and pulled out a 15-14 overtime victory on eighth-grader Brooke Lewis’s game-winning goal.
“If the goalie had done one thing differently, that wouldn’t have happened,” Woodring said. “I’ve scored a last-second game-winner before, but never a goal this meaningful.”
Stillwater jumped out to an 8-4 first-half lead and was ahead 14-11 with 1:22 left in the game. The Ponies looked to have pulled off the upset, having held off every Eden Prairie rally until the final seconds of regulation.
“That shows us that we can’t just expect to win every game but that we have it inside of us to come back when we need to,” Lewis said.
Sara Woodring got a gift and she knew just what to do with it. Trailing by one with time running out, Woodring intercepted an errant pass by Stillwater goalkeeper Katie Lottsfeldt and deposited it into the Stillwater goal, tying the game 14-14 with one second left on the clock and sending it to overtime.
The Eagles trailed for the entire game prior to Woodring’s season-saving goal. Flush with confidence after rallying from a three-goal deficit in the final 1:30 of the second half, Eden Prairie took its only lead of the game on a goal by Brooke Lewis in the first overtime session and held on for a 15-14 victory and a date with undefeated Lakeville South in Saturday’s championship game.