OT winner: Wotorson lifts Warren to 1-0 victory over Erie
There she goes again.
For the second time in as many seasons, Warren’s Kyra Wotorson delivered a dramatic game-winning goal against Erie.
This time, the sophomore broke a 0-0 tie in overtime off an assist from Kyleigh Wilson at the 6:33 mark of extra time.
“I’m not sure they are as big of fans of Kyra as we are,” said Warren coach Jeremy Bickling, referencing last year’s goal with four seconds left to beat Erie in the last game of the regular season. “We didn’t play our best game , but we improved since Tuesday night. We had 23 shots on goal but didn’t finish like I know we can.”
Warren controlled much of the game play and possessed the ball near the Erie goal all night.
The most threatening sequence came as Wilson stole a ball and immediately turned and fired at the goal . The Royals keeper initially had control of the ball but lost it in the scrum of bodies. Jessica Susz was able to collect it and fire a hard shot that missed just left of the goal .
The Lady Dragons continued to pressure the Erie keeper but couldn’t capitalize finishing the first half scoreless .
“It wasn’t super pretty soccer , but they are starting to do some good things,” Bickling said.
Warren continued to pressurize Erie’s goal but came up empty, coming close on multiple shots from Mackenzie Bickling, Sawyer Mohney, Kyra Wotorson, MJ Fadale and Wilson.
“The girls gave it all the had , they peppered their keeper for the final 20 minutes of the half,” coach Bickling said. ” I was pleased with our energy and effort. They were working hard to get a goal “
Despite the effort, the Royals were able to hold the Dragons scoreless through regulation play .
It only took just over three minutes for the Lady Dragons to hand the Royals a sense of deja vu . A very similar fast strike play that quick covered nearly the entire field .
The Lady Dragons won the ball deep pushed the ball quickly up to Mohney who found a streaking Wilson on the right side. The Erie keeper cam out to make a play on the ball and Wilson wisely passed the ball to Wotorson making her run on the left post finishing off the pass for the sudden death goal .
“What a great moment for Kyra and the team . They played their hearts out . Tonight was a great test to check our mental focus and working together,” coach Bickling said.