The Scouts started their playoff campaign last night squared up against the Pirates of Palatine. The last time the two teams met was the Scouts’ first regular season game. Ultimately losing 4-1 in that game, the Scouts had a lot of work ahead of them. Seeking revenge and the continuance of their season, the Scouts started the game off with most of the possession. However, as the half drew on the Pirates brought a more physical element to the pitch. Winning almost all the head-balls, Palatine had the majority of the opportunities. With less chances, the Scouts made the most of what they had in their counter attacks, which ultimately lead to their first goal. Freshman Nicole Doucette broke the scoring open with a goal off a set piece. Frustrated Palatine coach Willie Filian earned himself a quick exit as he received two yellow cards leading to his ejection. With the Scouts ahead 1-0, the game remained back and forth and quite even heading into the half.
As the second half started, the game’s intensity was amplified. The physicality was in full flex. About midway through the half, Palatine found their goal. The end of regulation came and the scoring remained tied 1-1. In the first half of the overtime period, Palatine found themselves with two clear opportunities. However, saves from Sophia Divagno and strong defending from seniors Morgan Asmussen and Gwen Walker kept the Scouts alive.
The final half of overtime showcased the Scouts with much more left in the tank. Palatine began to sit back while the Scouts kept the pace up. With just under 2 minutes left, Nicole Doucette found herself in the right corner of the oppositions box. Off of the first touch, she boomed a rocket over the head of the Palatine keeper and into the back netting. This would be the game winner, prevailing the Scouts to the next round.
The Scouts will play Lake Zurich on Friday night at 7:00pm @ Varisty Field.