It doesn’t get much more heartstopping than today’s Division 1 Girls Soccer district championship game between Saline and Ann Arbor Skyline.
The district title had to be decided in a heart-stopping shootout after the two teams went toe-to-toe for 100 scoreless minutes and the Hornets came away with the win behind the amazing saves by goaltender Annika Udrys and the foot of Sarah Brannan who scored the championship-winning goal.
Despite the scoreless game, it was not boring as both teams had several chances throughout and both goaltenders were up to the task. Udrys made several big saves, including tipping a pair of shots over the crossbar that looked to be going into the net.
The Hornets had two great chances in overtime, one on a corner that was headed just wide of the goal and another that saw a direct kick sail over the top of the net and clang off the football field goal post just above the crossbar.
After two scoreless 10 minute overtime periods, the teams went to a shootout. They picked five players for each team for the shootout.
Udrys made a diving save in net to start things out and Bella Petrock found the net to put the Hornets up 1-0 after one round. Skyline scored in the second round and the Hornets second shot went high and wide to make it 1-1.
Udrys made another big save in round three, but the Eagles goaltender made a big save herself to keep it 1-1.
Skyline found the net in round three, but Genisis Pena struck it home to even up at 2-2 after four rounds.
Udrys made one more diving save in the fifth round and Brannan calmly found the corner and sprinted toward her teammates after scoring the district-clinching goal.
The Hornets advance to the Division 1 Regional at Novi Tuesday where they will face Woodhaven at 4:00 PM.
Pictures by Mike Williamson