Halloran was extremely active in Shik's early OT surge, and left the field winded for Reid after 5 1/2 minutes. The intense back-and-forth play carried over from the second half, and Reid admitted she was struggling.
"I was kind of lagging the whole time," she said. "I told Erika (Rohrbach), 'There's no way I can keep dropping back and going.' So I don't know. I pulled it out of my butt, that's for sure."
Reid got the ball near midfield, passed Danielle Ulrich as she split two Mustangs on a run to the left side of the goal. Her initial push was stoned by Freed but, as the keeper went to the ground, Reid collected the rebound in front of two-thirds of an open cage.
"I was shocked. I didn't even realize (Reid's shot) went in until everyone started crying," said teary-eyed Shik senior back Cory Yerger. "We have been trying to get here since our freshman year, all playing together. It is amazing."
Yerger scored the game's first goal (a bullet from the left side off the Braves' sixth corner) and she played a big part in slowing Midd-West's second-half attack. The Mustangs didn't record a shot in the first half, so their sudden pressure might have come as a surprise had the teams not played a week earlier.
"I just think they had a bad case of the nerves in the first 30 minutes, and we were scared to move. Scared to make a mistake," said Midd-West coach Mandi Romig. "But you've got give them credit. They bounced back and made a game of it. That's all I asked from them at halftime."
"They came out charged and ready to shove it down our throat in the second half," said Yerger. "They're always aggressive. They want the ball; they want (the win). We just had to match that aggression."