It was almost inevitable that Joslin Lindsay would become Black Hills High School’s career scoring leader in girls soccer.
She was tied atop the list with 66 goals with at least six games left in her senior season.
Yet, how she broke the record couldn’t have been more memorable:
Lindsay scored a tie-breaking goal with seconds left in stoppage time to help the Wolves to 2-1 victory over cross-town rival Tumwater on Tuesday night at Tumwater District Stadium.
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The victory vaulted Black Hills into a tie for first place in the 2A Evergreen Conference through the first round of play.
Not to mention that the previous record holder, Melissa Norton, whose career ended with the 2002 season, had posted a video to Facebook earlier in the day encouraging Lindsay to break her existing mark.
“She said she had a feeling I was going to get a goal today,” said Lindsay. “It was so cool for her to do that. I was 4 when she set the record, so it’s pretty meaningful to be able to break it.”
Lindsay, too, had a feeling she would score and just when most everyone in the stadium assumed overtime was in the offing, she did, taking a crossing pass 10 yards out in front of the net and finishing,
“I kept saying: ‘It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming.”
It did in dramatic fashion, completing an almost gamelong comeback by Black Hills (6-5, 3-1 2A EvCo).
Tumwater (7-3-2, 3-1) grabbed an early lead when, in the 13th minute, Isabella Foos launched a shot from the far right wing that found the right corner of the net.
Black Hills tied it in the 22nd minute when Jaylen Corbin tapped in a goal out of a scramble in front of the Tumwater net.
But it was still anyone’s game until Lindsay’s goal — no more than 20 seconds from the end.
“That was a great battle against a very good team,” Black Hills coach James Corbin said. “The start of the season was a little rocky, but tonight we were more connected. We started to see some of the things we’ve been working on, but just didn’t finish early.”
The teams won’t take long to meet again, with the rematch scheduled for Oct. 22 at TDS.