RONDA — The East Wilkes Cardinals hosted the Elkin Lady Elks in a game that went 100 minutes and saw a penalty kick shootout. After 80 minutes of regulation time, and 20 minutes of overtime the game was still tied 2-2, which meant that both teams headed to the penalty kick shootout. During the shootout, the Lady Elks were able to knock in three goals and hold East Wilkes to just two goals to take a 5-4 conference win.
In the opening half, things started off on the right foot for the Lady Elks. Elkin was able to maintain possession for well over 15 minutes of play, and had a few shots on goal. While Elkin was controlling possession, the East Wilkes defense was able to hold a strong line and put the Elks on their heels when things started to get tough. East Wilkes’ goalie, Anna Parks, put down an impressive performance in the opening minutes of the first half as she had several saves.
After unsuccessfully trying to put a goal into the net, Elkin’s Kathryn Jennings was able to break through the back line to put in the opening goal. Jennings gave the Lady Elks a 1-0 lead with 24:06 left in the first half. The goal gave Elkin an extra boost of energy as the Lady Elks started picking up their pace. With 12 minutes left in the half, Elkin was awarded a penalty kick by the referee. Catie Beth Brown stepped up to take the shot, and put Elkin ahead 2-0.
As the second half was winding down, East Wilkes started to battle back and earn several shots of its own. Shelia Aguilar broke through Elkin’s back line and almost had the Cardinals’ first goal of the night, but her shot went just wide of the goal. At halftime, Elkin was able to hang on to a 1-0 lead.
While the first half was all about the Lady Elks, the second half was all about the Lady Cardinals. In the opening minutes of the second half, the Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick and Ciara Pierce knocked in the shot. With the goal, East Wilkes cut Elkin’s lead to just one and things started to heat up.
As the half went on, East Wilkes started to put more pressure on the Lady Elks’ back line. The pressure was too much for Elkin, as Pierce was able to find a hole and put another shot into the back of the net to tie the game 2-2. Both teams put down impressive performances on offense and defense, as each team went for the 50/50 balls. At the end of regulation, the score was tied 2-2 and the game was headed to two 10-minute overtime halves.
In the overtime halves, both teams had ample opportunities to score the winning goal, but the defenses stood strong and kept the score tied. As the game hit 100 minutes, the score was still 2-2 and the game was headed to penalty kicks.
Five players from East Wilkes and five players from Elkin stepped up to take the penalty kicks to decided the winner. First up for East Wilkes was Pierce, who knocked in her shot with ease to put the Cardinals up 2(1)-2. Elkin was able to tie the game on its next shot, as Arwyn Shoemaker made her shot for a 2(1)-2(1) game. Aguilar gave East Wilkes the lead back with her next shot, and then things started to get interesting.
As Carla Flores stepped up for the Lady Elks, Parks was able to save the shot. With East Wilkes up one goal, Jordan Schubart stepped up and Abbie Flores was able to make a save of her own for Elkin. The score was sitting 2(2)-2(1) in East Wilkes’ favor when Harper Libbert scored the tying goal for Elkin.
East Wilkes’ Leah Nance missed her shot as she put the ball to the side of the net. Elkin had the chance to take the lead, and Brown stepped up and knocked the ball into the net to give Elkin a 2(3)-2(2) lead. Parks was the final shot-taker for East Wilkes, and as she stepped up to take the shot the ball barely went over the net. When all was said and done, Elkin was able to take a 2(3)-2(2) Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win over East Wilkes.
With the win, Elkin moves to 5-4 in the MVAC, and 6-7 overall. East Wilkes now has as MVAC record of 4-5, and an overall record of 5-8.