TUMWATER — The Black Hills girls soccer team knows all too well what its like to be on the winning side of a blowout this season.
But how would the Wolves handle being tested and forced to rally?
The answer came in a pivotal 2A Evergreen Conference showdown against cross-town rival Tumwater on Thursday at Tumwater District Stadium.
Black Hills overcame an early hole, getting goals from Whitney Lowe and Arin Seidlitz to post its eighth consecutive victory with a 3-2 (5-3 shootout) win over the Thunderbirds in a battle of EvCo unbeatens.
“To be honest, I am shaking right now. What an unbelievable game,” said Seidlitz, whose late goal during extended play forced overtime. “It took us a while to get going tonight, but we finally started playing like ourselves at the end.”
Trailing 2-1 late, Seidlitz took a pass from Lowe and raced behind the Tumwater defense before beating T-Birds goalkeeper Sara Thompson to send the match to overtime.
“Whitney and I just have this connection,” Seidlitz said. “I knew she’d find me. I was just hoping we wouldn’t run out of time.”
Following two scoreless 5-minute overtimes, the game went to penalty kicks. The Wolves went 5-for-5, getting scores from Seidlitz, Alli Thompson, Tori Steinbrecher, Jessi Francher and Delaney Trotter.
“We practice our penalty kicks,” Seidlitz said. “We spend a lot time on PKs, and it paid off tonight.”
Tumwater got successful penalty kicks from Selesha Harrah, Sharlee Fine and Payton Brown.
Black Hills improved to 8-0-1 on the season and 6-0 in EvCo play. The T-Birds fell to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in conference. The rematch is scheduled for Oct. 29.
For Lowe it was her 17th goal for the Wolves, while Tumwater got goals from Sally Mooers and Brown.
Black Hills, which had shut out its previous five opponents, had given up a combined two goals in its prior seven games.
Tumwater needed just 7 minutes to equal that mark, taking a 2-0 advantage and forcing the Wolves into the rare scenario of having to play from behind.
Just 21/2 minutes in, Mooers put the T-Birds on the scoreboard.
The goal came after Black Hills goalkeeper Ce Ce Noyen was unable to secure a Tumwater shot on goal, and the Wolves’ defense attempted to clear the ball from the front of the net.
The ball, however, made its way to the top of the box, where Mooers simply hammered it in, giving the T-Birds the quick lead.
Brown made it a 2-0 game on a penalty kick in the seventh minute.
Lowe cut the deficit in half on a free kick from 32 yards out, which was perfectly placed barely underneath the crossbar and out of the reach of Thompson.