GLASGOW — It was there for the taking throughout the game.
The Glasgow Lady Scotties dominated possession, and had several chances to score multiple goals. But the shots sailed left or right, and the Franklin-Simpson goalkeeper was especially stingy.
So with the game still scoreless after 80 minutes and overtime, the pressure turned to Glasgow goalkeeper Paige Burd. And the junior delivered.
Burd saved two attempts during the shootout, and the final Franklin-Simpson shot missed high. The Glasgow Scotties defeated the Lady Wildcats 0-0 (3-2 in penalty kicks), winning their first 4th Region tournament game in school history.
“I just knew I couldn’t let the ball get past my head,” Burd said when asked about what she was thinking with the pressure on during the shootout.
Glasgow scored first during penalty kicks, as Addie Johnson booted her shot into the top of the left side of the net. Franklin-Simpson also converted its first kick to keep the tally even at 1-1.
Glasgow’s next attempt was saved by the Lady Wildcats’ keeper, but Burd returned the favor to keep the score tied.
She would also save the next Franklin-Simpson attempt, and it again came at a key moment after Glasgow failed to score on its third kick.
In the fourth round of penalties, Kirsten Crowe’s kick deflected past the keeper to give Glasgow a 2-1 lead, but the Lady Wildcats converted their next try to make it 2-2.
So it came down to the fifth round. Hayden Botts calmly stepped forward and pounded a shot into the back of the net to give Glasgow a 3-2 lead. The final shot from the Lady Wildcats carried over the goal, and the Lady Scotties picked up a historic win for the program.
“I’m speechless. It’s amazing to have this feeling,” Burd said.
“We fought really hard for this and we wanted it I think more than anyone honestly. It was one of our goals from the previous season and I just didn’t want to let my team down.”
First-year Glasgow coach Scott Zettlemoyer said Burd and the team didn’t quit fighting despite a frustrating game where several opportunities for the Lady Scotties to score fell short.
“I’m just extremely excited and extremely happy for the girls right now,” he said.
Glasgow now has a 4th Region tournament victory under its belt, and Zettlemoyer said that can be a confidence-builder for the team moving forward.
“We’re going to use it as a building block to build our future for this program and try to better ourselves every year,” he said.
Due to a weather delay on Monday, there will be little rest for the Lady Scotties. Glasgow will have to face Bowling Green at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in what will be a tough match for the Lady Scotties.
“We’re going to have to come out and play probably one of our best games of the season to have a chance,” Zettlemoyer said.