The Alcovy girls soccer team lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of the state playoffs, falling 1-1 (3-2) in penalty kicks to Douglas County Tuesday night.
Rebecca Farley tallied the game-winning penalty kick for Douglas County after the two team’s played 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime.
Alcovy (7-7-1) got out to a slow start offensively, with Marie Peck providing most of the Lady Tigers' highlights, holding the game to 1-0 in the first half. With 23 minutes left before halftime, Kathleen Scherer sent a high-arcing ball past Peck, putting Douglas County up 1-0.
Alcovy got a spark in the second half, making better passes, getting the ball down field and taking advantage of penalty kicks.
Alcovy’s Morgan Edelman stepped up in the clutch, tying it with 8 minutes left in regulation.
“That goal really motivated us,” Alcovy coach Phil Davidson said. “Morgan is a big player for us, and she came through.”
With two five-minute periods played, neither team was able to score a goal, sending it into a best-of-five penalty kick session.
Douglas County’s Lydia Sewell scored the first penalty kick.
Edelman followed with a score for Alcovy to tie it.
Alcovy’s Alex Jordan scored a penalty kick to push them ahead. Douglas County needed to score one more penalty kick to push it into sudden death, and Alex Bigby came through.
With two kickers left, Alcovy missed, and Rebecca Farley put one in the back of the net to put Douglas County ahead.
“It was a tough loss,” Davidson said. “They played hard, and we came from behind against a good team and we never gave up.”