Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Monroe's Goal in OT Secures Semi Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Monroe's Goal in OT Secures Semi Win

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BLUE SPRINGS * To avoid to penalty kicks to decide its Class 2 state semifinal game against unbeaten Kearney, the St. Dominic girls soccer team needed to find just a little bit extra.

Fortunately for the Crusaders, Emily Monroe possessed it, realized an opportunity against a stubborn Bulldogs defense and converted. She booted in a loose ball rebound with 49 seconds left in the second 15-minute overtime to make defending state champion St. Dominic a 2-1 victor in a battle between the state's two top- ranked teams at Blue Springs High School.

Though the Crusaders (25-0-1) had been pressing most of the extra sessions, penalty kicks seemed inevitable until they sent a ball into the box, which the Bulldogs tried a couple of times to clear out. The ball bounded out to Monroe, and the senior forward blasted a 15-yarder past diving goalkeeper Caitlyn Champ for her 10th, and undoubtedly, biggest goal of the season.

"In my head, I didn't want to go to penalty kicks," Monroe said. "That's no way to end it. I knew we had a few seconds, but we had to get it in."

Monroe's goal produced an all-Crusader championship game at 2 p.m. today at Blue Springs South. St. Dominic will face Jefferson City Helias, a 2-1 winner over Rosati-Kain in Friday's first semi. St. Dominic managed a 1-0 road victory when the teams met two months ago.

"We've gotta come out and battle with Helias," St. Dominic coach Greg Koeller said. "We're a step closer to repeating.

"They were a very good team coming in," he said of Kearney, which, like his team, is littered with future college athletes. "They've got some very good players, and we really respected that. We created that goal. That goal was a lot of heart and desire."

Koeller also acknowledged his team received some good fortune to even get to overtime. In the final seconds of regulation, Kearney's Carly Cecil send a ball toward the goalmouth that caromed around until Allie Hess' point-blank header bounced off the right post. …

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