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October 23, 2012

Braves win on Reid's OT tally

Braves win on Reid's OT tally

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

MIDDLEBURG -- Alexis Reid had a game-winning goal on her stick -- a district playoff winner in overtime, no less -- and she knew it.

Problem was, with Midd-West keeper Mikayla Freed sprawled on the ground in front of her, Reid had to create space for a shot. So the Shikellamy senior wheeled around, counter-clockwise, her injured right leg propelling her, and swept the ball into the cage, setting off an on-field celebration the likes of which the current Braves had never experienced.

Ninth-seeded Shikellamy survived an unsuccessful penalty stroke, a near-certain go-ahead goal by the No. 8 Mustangs, and a winless overtime record on the season to win Tuesday's District 4 Class AA preliminary game 2-1 in OT.

Reid's scoring move lasted only a couple heartbeats, maybe more given the intensity of the moment, but she felt as though it was a three-syllable "for-ev-er!"

"I was like, 'Oh, my God! Oh, my God!'" she said of the play. "I couldn't breathe. I've never felt that way before; I could not breathe. And then everyone piled on top of me and I was like (choking)."

Playing with a torn ACL she injured in the Braves' first scrimmage, Reid wasn't on the field at the start of overtime. Third-year coach Holly Zimmerman played sophomore Jamey Halloran among the first seven and rested last year's leading scorer.

"It was a little bit of a struggle not to have her out there, but she needed the rest and I know (sophomore Jamey Halloran has) got the wheels, too," said Zimmerman. "So it was get Jamey's wheels in, get Alexis a break and get Alexis in. And if (Reid) starts (7v7), who knows if she has (the energy) it takes to get that goal."

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