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."