The Northgate Lady Vikings soccer team will square off with East Coweta tonight at Garland Shoemake Stadium to determine this year’s Coweta Cup Champion.
That contest might have a hard time matching the drama from Wednesday’s match between Northgate and Newnan.
After a scoreless first half, the two teams traded second-half goals before sending the game to overtime and eventually to penalty kicks.
When all was said and done, Northgate prevailed 2-1 (6-5 on PKS) when Madison Cathey drilled the game winner on the last PK of the match.
Her shot came after a Newnan miss gave her the chance at the game winner.
Newnan kept the ball in Northgate’s end of the field for most of the first half and outshot the Lady Vikings 7-5 but neither team was able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Nearly eight minutes into the second half, Newnan gave itself a 1-0 lead when Alice Marsh Willems feed a perfect pass to Kaella Daly for the early lead.
Northgate goalkeeper Selma Bormann was injured on the play when she bagged her head on the post.
For a time it looked like Daly’s score was going to hold up.
However, Northgate tied the game about 15 minutes later when Kailyn Borngesser struck with the equalizer for a 1-1 tie.
That goal seemed to spark the Lady Vikings who had a couple of late chances to score in regulation including off of back-to-back corner kicks.
Jessica Wheeler’s shot banged off the post late in the first half.
Wheeler, Emily Adamyczyk, Borngesser, Amy Scobee, and Elissa Lotter joined Cathey with successful penalty kicks for the Vikings.
Willems. Maggie Flannagan, Molly Anderson, Emma Crammer added PKs for the Lady Cougars.
Newnan tried to take control of the match in the first half with a couple of scoring opportunities.
Natalie Brauchler and Anderson had two early shots toward the Northgate net and the Lady Cougars also had an early corner kick opportunity.
The Lady Vikings’ best chances to score early came midway through the first half when Adamczyk had a shot on net that was turned away by Miller.
A corner kick opportunity for the Lady Vikings was also denied.
In Friday’s final game at the Coweta Cup, East Coweta enters the contest with ranked ninth in the state in the latest GHSA Class 7A coaches poll.
The Lady Indians are 11-1-1 and on a five-game winning streak.
Northgate comes into the game 6-3-1.