The pursuit of a golden goal can make for some anxious moments.
No sooner had Salina South's girls nearly come away with a victory in the first minute of the second overtime than they escaped a similar fate at the other end.
As it was, both the Cougars and Goddard capitalized on each others' first-half mistakes, then spent the rest of the 100 minutes chasing a game winner Thursday night before settling for a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Salina Stadium.
"We wanted to win but it felt good to get out of the losing streak we had going," said South freshman Sarah Schrage, whose goal in the 24th minute got the Cougars even and concluded the scoring.
The tie ended a two-game skid for the Cougars, who lost at home in overtime to Andover Central a week earlier and fell 3-0 atAndover on Tuesday.
"I felt we kept the ball a lot more, we just couldn't finish," South coach Trey Crow said after watching the Cougars outshoot Goddard 10-6. "We had a couple of quality chances in the second half and in the (second) overtime we had a one-v-one and couldn't put it in the back of the net."
The Cougars nearly ended the game less than a minute into the second extra period when Morgan Fischer played a ball through to Jillian Coleman in the box. Coleman picked out the right post low, but Goddard goalkeeper Paige Strausberg went down low to her left to smother it.
"Jill hit the ball in the perfect spot, she just didn't hit the ball quite hard enough and the keeper made a nice save," Crow said.
A minute later it was South keeper Lizzy Franco who came to the rescue, extending to her left bat away a wind-aided blast from distance by Goddard freshman midfielder Kinsey Logan.
"I just set my feet and knew what I had to do and did it," Franco said of the save, her fifth of the match. "It's kind of tough because most of the game was down at their side, so I just have to make sure I'm ready the whole game."
Goddard, which put all six of its shots in the game on frame, struck first in the 10th minute on a misplayed clearance out of the box by South's defense. The ball fell to her feet 20 yards from goal and she tucked it just under the crossbar and out of Franco's reach.
South equalized 14 minutes later when Goddard failed to clear the ball out of its box. Schrage was ready and waiting 10 yards from goal and finished low inside the left post.
"The ball came across for me, I took a touch and hit it to the far post as quickly as possible," Schrage said. "It was exhilarating getting it tied going into the second half."
South was the aggressor most of the second half with the wind at its back, but saw its best chance come up empty when Strausberg denied Coleman again.
"We lost the last couple of games and this one our effort was much better," Crow said. "We've just got to finish, that's the bottom line."
The Cougars face a challenge on Tuesday when they travel to Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League powerhouse Maize before playing host to Hutchinson on Thursday.