RALEIGH — Fuquay-Varina’s girls’ soccer team couldn’t score for 79 minutes and 58 seconds. But the final second before the clock struck zero is what ensured the Bengals were going to get a positive result playing at Tri-9 Conference foe Athens Drive.
After a throw-in with less than 10 seconds remaining, Fuquay’s first shot at goal bounced from the crossbar of the goal onto the foot of Mackenzie Ramage. Ramage volleyed it home with one second left on the scoreboard to force overtime.
Then came overtime, and it looked like Athens was going to be handed a one-goal loss.
Instead, the Jaguars showed their resolve with a goal with 1:13 left in overtime. The two sides tied 2-2 Wednesday night.
“The response was great,” Fuquay-Varina coach Todd Dowler said. “This was a game that could have gotten away from us.”
After a scoreless first half, the pace picked up as Athens Drive struck first on a Riley Nociti goal with 29:45 to go in the second. The Jaguars looked to be in control as time wound down.
“We had good control of the ball in the second half,” Athens Drive coach Luis Satorra said. “We can give credit to Fuquay-Varina that they didn’t give up.”
In overtime, Fuquay struck first, as freshman Meagan Greene scored with 7:53 remaining in the first overtime, giving her team a 2-1 lead.
But Athens Drive struck back.
Jordan Kuhner found Daria Draovich near the goal, and Draovich connected on the game-tying goal with just only 73 seconds left.
Turning point: If Ramage doesn’t score, Fuquay-Varina goes home with a loss instead of a tie.
Best quote: “The girls showed a lot of heart and resolve. They knew they had a great mountain to climb because we are in one of the two best girls soccer conferences in the state,” Dowler said.
Going forward: Fuquay-Varina (1-3-1) is now 1-3-1 in conference play with a squad that features five freshman and sophomores. Athens Drive (2-3-1) is 1-1-1 in conference.