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Pella Christian Scores Last Minute Goal to Save Season and Another to Win in 2OT

Posted: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

Pella Christian’s girls soccer team came from the brink of their season ending to advancing to the class 2A regional finals after coming back to win a double overtime thriller.

The Eagles edged Bondurant-Farrar 2-1 in the final athletic contest at the Eagles’ home soccer stadium this academic year. Pella Christian dominated in possession time throughout much of regulation of the regional playoff game, but missed a number of close shots. The Lady Jays broke free for a pinball type of goal in the 59th minute to take a 1-0 lead .

Tension grew throughout the final twenty minutes of action, as the Eagles tried to battle back, but found themselves just missing on a couple of shots as time started to dwindle. With less than a minute left, PC was down to their final chance, when Annika Terpstra found an open Laura DeZwarte with 37 seconds to tie the game. She tells KNIA/KRLS Sports it was a great set up for her opportunity at the net.

“The whole team wanted it so bad, and I felt it was up to us to finish, and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing pass that I had, so I guess I saw the open shot and took it.”

After saving their season, the Eagles again held the ball and had a few chances to end the game in the first overtime period, but eventually both teams needed a second OT to settle the score.

With 2:38 remaining, Cailey Terpstra lasered a pass from midfield to an open DeZwarte, who hit the game winner from 30 feet out. DeZwarte says it was part excitement and felt like a burden was lifted after the second goal.

“It was the greatest relief imaginable,” she says. “I couldn’t even comprehend what was going on at first, and it took a while to sink in, but then I realized that we did it and finished it.”

Pella Christian is now 15-4, extending season records for most wins in a row to eight and most victories in a season. The Eagles travel to Center Point-Urbana for a chance to go to state Monday night.