The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions needed eight minutes of overtime Oct. 24 to advance to the Section VII/Class D semifinals over a tough Crown Point Panther squad.
The Lions (12-5-0) scored a 2-1 victory in the eighth minute of golden goal overtime to advance to a Monday, Oct. 28, meeting with third seed Wells, who scored a 3-0 win over sixth seed Westport.
“You are at that point of the season when teams are going to be fighting for their season,” Lions head coach Paul Buehler said. “You have seniors who do not want the soccer season to end.”
Austin Morris scored both goals for the Lions, opening scoring 45 seconds into the second half. After Chance Potter scored in the 72nd minute to tie the game and force overtime, Morris received a pass from his brother, Joel, and found the back of the net to advance the Lions.
Noah Farrell, in goal replacing the injured Justin LaPier, faced a pair of shots, making a save on a high ball by Crown Point’s Noah Macey. The rebound ended up on the foot of Potter for the Panther’s lone goal.
“My brother finally passed the ball to me,” Austin joked after the game. “He beat a couple people and put the ball perfectly at my feet. Crown Point played really well.”
Scoreless after the opening 40 minutes, Wells scored three times in the first 24 minutes of the second half to eliminate Westport from the Class D playoffs.
“We played a good, scoreless first half,” Eagles head coach Michael Davis said. “We had our chances and we had some lapses in the second half that allowed them to score.”
Sam Napper made 10 saves for the Eagles.
Warriors fall in overtime
Zach Pierson scored in the first minute of the game to give the Warriors an early lead, which was erased less than two minutes later on a Tanner Stone goal.