By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
MANDATA -- Katie Osborne processed as much thought as she could in the seconds after Line Mountain's game-tying goal rattled the cage with a little more than 2 minutes to play Tuesday.
"I was just like, 'Oh, no! We're going to have to go into overtime,'" Greenwood's all-state keeper lamented while sprawled on the dirt after missing a shot struck just beyond her reach.
By the time Osborne pulled herself to her feet, however, the goal was disallowed and the Wildcats were awarded a 16-yard hit.
Wait ... what? she thought.
The play, which began with a corner, was waved off because, the officials said, the ball didn't leave the circle on the insert. They ruled that Madison Lagerman received Olivia Kleman's insert on the line before sending it at the cage and into a scrum that resulted in the goal.
The Wildcats ran out the clock on the stunned Eagles, preserving a very hard-fought 2-1 win and likely clearing a path to their fifth consecutive Tri-Valley League championship.
"I didn't see it the way (the official) saw it," said Line Mountain coach Jill Martz-Yisrael.
The Eagles (13-3, 6-2 TVL) took their best shot at the unbeaten league leaders, dictating a level of physical, determined play that got Greenwood's attention. Line Mountain even drew first blood, scoring 11-plus minutes in on a Lagerman bullet off a corner insert.
The Wildcats (11-2-1, 6-0) went ahead not even 2 minutes into second half and dominated most of the period until a late-game Line Mountain surge almost paid off big.
"It's gut-wrenching," said Martz-Yisrael. "To work that hard, to come back like that, and to tie it up and have the opportunity to go to 7v7 and have another chance ... it takes the wind out of your sails.