GOOSE LAKE — Ashley Dexter saw pretty much the same thing from her Central DeWitt girls soccer team. That disappointed her. Northeast coach Matt Kepple was delighted to see the Rebels pick up right where they left off Tuesday night when their Class 1A Region 7 quarterfinal was suspended by lightning barely a minute into overtime.
Still, the Sabers walked off the field with the smiles — and a 1-0 victory — after outscoring Northeast 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout Wednesday in the game's completion.
"That's the way it falls," Kepple said.
Emily McAleer, a sophomore, broke the 1-1 tie in the third round of the shootout, and junior goalkeeper Brooke Chapman protected her goal successfully on Northeast's final three attempts to preserve the 2-1 advantage.
"The only one that kept us in that was the keeper," Dexter said, her 9-8 team now tasked with facing top-ranked Davenport Assumption in Friday's semifinals.
As she had done throughout regulation and overtime, Northeast goalkeeper Victoria Kuznetsova made sure her team had a chance, too.
"She played outstanding," Kepple said. "The ones that went in were unsavable, pretty much."
Senior Maggie Grell started the shootout with a high, left-footed kick that hit the back of the crossbar and dropped into the net behind Kuznetsova.
"I did not plan to go high at all," she said. "I actually planned to go wide right to the lower corner, my sweet spot, but it worked out. I had a panic attack, a little anxiety (seeing the ball go off the crossbar) and my heart skipped a beat. I saw it hit the back of the crossbar and then bounce behind her."
Junior Nicole Delarm quickly evened it for Northeast. The Rebels' first shooter, Delarm sent her shot past Chapman into the upper left side of the net.