Franklin Academy could give up three goals in six minutes. The Patriots could pepper the Community School of Davidson net with shot after shot. They could do a lot of things, good and bad, on Saturday at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A girls soccer state championship game at N.C. State.
But one thing they would not do is quit.
The Patriots came back to upset defending champion Community School of Davidson 4-3 in overtime in a rematch of last year’s title game. They tied the score with 33 seconds left in regulation, then won it on penalty kicks (4-3) after 110 minutes of regulation and all the overtime periods.
It looked bleak at first. Community School of Davidson (25-2) led 3-0 at halftime thanks to three goals in six minutes.
It started with a Lissi Gordon penalty kick in the 30th, caused by an FA player who fell on the ball in the box, arm-first. Gordon then hit a perfect free kick in the 32nd that was chested in by a streaking Kaitlyn Russell. Gordon also hit a 30-yard wonder-strike into the side netting in the 36th to make it 3-0.
But Franklin Academy (23-2) had a lot left.
“We found ourselves in the same position last year, and we knew this was not going to stop us,” FA coach Kambyl Borries said.
Franklin Academy’s Kennedy Capps scored about 19 minutes left, heading in a Kate Sollon corner kick. Seconds later, Anna Krussow struck a shot from 30 yards into the upper 90 to make it 3-2 with 18:40 to go.
The Patriots scrapped for the final 10 minutes and earned a free kick outside the box with 40 seconds to go. Kiera Stephan’s shot hit the crossbar and fell to Chloe Armitage, who punched in the tying goal with 33 ticks left on the clock.
The game later went to penalty kicks. FA missed the first, but made the next four. CSD missed its third attempt high and fifth attempt off the post to clinch the Patriots’ title.
Senior Anna Krussow was named MVP. The midfielder’s pinpoint passing all day sparked scoring chances.
“Once we got that first goal, that was enough confidence for us,” Krussow said. “It was just an amazing comeback.”