Spaulding’s OT goal puts Milton in soccer finals
Sara Spaulding made sure her teammates were well-compensated for it.
Spaulding’s goal at 5:05 of the second overtime lifted the Red Hawks to a 4-3 win over Kenosha Bradford in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal game.
Milton (15-6-1) plays top-seeded Kenosha Tremper (15-6-1) in a sectional final game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ameche Field in Kenosha.
The Red Hawks trailed three times against the Red Devils and eventually tied the game at 3-3 on Spaulding’s penalty kick at 57:20.
Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Spaulding broke loose from the pack midway through the second overtime for the game-winner.
“I felt like they were a little tired at the end,” Spaulding said of the Red Devils. “I knew if we could break through the back line, it (a goal) was going to happen.
“We didn’t capitalize on a few goals we should’ve had, but I knew we were going to before it went to a shootout. We’re so talented, and everybody gave such a great effort, we had to win.”
Bradford (12-12-1) struck first on Jessica Davison’s goal, but Milton tied the game 14 seconds later on Ashley Roherty’s goal on an assist from Spaulding. The Red Devils led 2-1 at half, but the Red Hawks tied it for the second time on Megan Zainer’s goal off an assist from Roherty, a Western Illinois recruit.
Milton first-year coach Ryan Quamme said his team’s resiliency was key.
“We made life difficult by keep going down by one, but I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for the fight they showed to come back each time,” Quamme said. “Just some great individual efforts out there, and it started with Sara Spaulding.
“Hats off to Bradford. I thought they played very well. But I thought we had better chances throughout the game. We just didn’t finish.”
Davison scored her second goal of the game at 48:07 to put Bradford up 3-2, but Milton kept battling and eventually got the game-tying goal from Spaulding. The Red Devils were whistled for a hand ball inside the box, and Spaulding whistled the penalty shot past goalkeeper Mary Daghfal to tie the game.
Spaulding’s goal in the second overtime was the result of outworking the two defenders guarding her, and Daghfal guessing wrong on the kick.
Daghfal saved 12 shots, while Milton’s Megan Black finished with eight.
MILTON 4, BRADFORD 3 (2OT)
Kenosha Bradford 2 1 0 0—3
Milton 1 2 0 1—4
KB—Jessica Davison (Monica Rodriquez), 17:45. M—Ashley Roherty (Sara Spaulding), 17:59. KB—Rodriquez (Nina Rivera-Zuganellis).
M—Megan Zainer (Roherty), 41:40. KB—Davison (Kasie Calles), 48:07. M—Spaulding (penalty kick), 57:20.
Saves—Mary Daghfal (KB) 12, Megan Black (M) 8.