HUGHESVILLE — By Kenny Varner
For The Daily Item
HUGHESVILLE -- Halfway through Saturday night's District 4 Class AA girls soccer quarterfinal, things looked very promising for Midd-West as it went into the intermission leading by a goal.
However, Athens' Kirsten Cosgrove, who posted two goals in the contest, led the Lady Wildcats to four-second half goals en route to the 4-3 victory at Raymond Perritt Soccer Stadium.
Leading the way for Midd-West was Allie Camp who tallied two goals and an assist in a losing effort.
The two teams matched up with similar styles of play and that showed throughout as the two exchanged leads two times.
"I thought the girls played pretty well tonight," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said. "I don't think we played as well as they could have. I thought we came out a little flat in the beginning."
As the second half got underway, Athens quickly tied the game when Colegrove found a hole in the Mustang defense and sent it home, tying it at one at the 38:38 mark.
It took just four minutes for the Mustangs to take back the lead when Hannah Stauffer picked up an offering from teammate Allie Camp, making it 2-1. From there, the Lady Wildcats went on a 3-0 run.
With 30:07 showing on the scoreboard, Monica Dougherty picked up her lone goal of the evening after being at the right place at the right time scoring off a rebound shot, tying the contest back up at two.
Athens took the lead midway through as Colegrove took advantage of a penalty kick, blasting a shot by Mustangs keeper, Paige Kauffman.
With a 3-2 lead, the Wildcats continued to put pressure on the Midd-West goal, posting its fourth and final score when Rachel Donnelly picked up a pass from Mackenzie Warner to add the insurance goal they would later need.
Midd-West refused to go down without a fight as Camp picked up the team's last goal with 20:03, cutting the lead to 4-3. However, it was too little too late as Athens held onto to the victory and kept their season alive.
In the first half, Midd-West controlled the pace of the game, keeping Colegrove at bay and allowing themselves to pick up the first goal.
n Warrior Run 1,
Midd-West 0, 2 OT
After playing two exhausting halves of play, the Midd-West Mustangs and No. 1 seeded Warrior Run could not decide a winner so the two played another overtime and half of a second before deciding a winner in the District 4 Class AA boys soccer playoff game at Raymond Perritt Stadium.
After an exhausting marathon, Warrior Run picked up a second overtime goal by Austin Bower with 9:27 left to pick up the win over a spunky Midd-West team.
It was the play of the Mustangs that caught the attention of the fans as it was obvious that the team left everything on the field before falling to the top seed.
"They had everything against them tonight. They're playing against the No. 1 seeded and undefeated team and we definitely proved that we belonged here tonight. I think we deserve to get our spoils from this to. It just didn't happen," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said.
Midd-West led in the shots on goal and corner categories with a 16-7 and 7-4 margin, respectively.
Warrior Run was led by goalie Jason McWilliams who collected 10 saves in the extended contest while Midd-West's keeper Austin Hockenbrock scooped up two.
Midd-West led in shots by a 13-6 margin in regulation.