HAGERSTOWN — In a month, North Hagerstown goalkeeper Madison Foltz probably won’t remember any of her 18 saves, but the one that got away might stick with her for quite a while.
After 99 minutes of scoreless soccer, an Elizabeth Coletti corner kick found Miranda Timberlake in front of the Hubs’ net, and her shot found the right side of the net, just beyond Foltz’s outstretched hand, for a 1-0 double-overtime victory for Linganore.
“One of the saves she had down there was ESPN-highlight material,” said Linganore coach Howard Putterman of Foltz’s performance.
“She’s just a sophomore,” said North coach Rick Aleshire. “She works really hard. To play that focused in a big game like this speaks volumes.”
In a first half that was fairly evenly matched, the Lancers (12-1) established control early in the second half and maintained it throughout the two overtime periods.
“We did not show up for the first 40 minutes,” said Putterman. “But we owned the second half. We were not playing for a tie. These girls only wanted to win.”
Linganore’s second-half dominance showed statistically. Foltz recorded 14 of her 18 saves in the final 60 minutes. Meanwhile, Lancers keeper Katelyn Duda totaled six saves in the same period of time.
North (9-3) appeared to be hanging on by a thread throughout the final 60 minutes, but Foltz bailed them out when they needed it.
In the 72nd minute, a diving save thwarted Montanna Hill’s attempt to break the deadlock. Four minutes later, Hannah Hoefs’ shot was deflected away from the goal.
In the 83rd minute, Hill was again turned away on a diving save. And just two minutes after that, Foltz was right where she needed to be on a Hoefs header from point-blank range.
Another diving save in the 97th minute, followed by Foltz diving on the ball, seemingly while it was on the Linganore player’s foot, made a scoreless tie seem inevitable — until Timberlake managed to find an area Foltz simply couldn’t cover, with just seconds remaining, bringing the game to an emotional conclusion.
“I’m not so sure I had to console them,” said Aleshire. “They know they played quite well. That’s a preview of what they’ll go through in the (Maryland Class) 3A regionals.”
Curt Hornbecker is a sports correspondent for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.