After 100 minutes, the end came suddenly.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Blue Valley Northwest and Shawnee Mission Northwest locked up in a Kansas Class 6A quarterfinal soccer match Tuesday at the Blue Valley District Activities Complex.
Both teams had their chances to score, but it wasn’t until there were 54 seconds left in the second overtime that BV Northwest found the back of the net to win the match1-0.
“I got the ball from our center defender (senior Ryan Bartlett) around the center circle,” junior Taylor Wiebke said. “I turned to my right and saw space behind the defense. I floated the ball through to Blake (Levine).”
Levine got the pass on the right side just outside the box.
“I took a touch,” he said. “I saw the keeper was at the back post, so I put it in the near post,” he said.
It was the 12th goal of the season for Levine and may have been his biggest of the season.
Shawnee Mission Northwest had a great opportunity with 26:43 left in the second half.
Huskies keeper Ryan Bird made a save on shot by junior Collin Jones.
But it wasn’t a clean save, and the ball bounced around in front of the goal, allowing the Cougars to get off a shot that Bartlett headed out of the goal.
The toughest part of the game for Bird was overtime.
“You have to direct your defense and get them to keep their cool,” said Bird, who has had nine shutouts over the season.
SM Northwest had two early scoring chances and were out shot 5-4 in the first half.
The Huskies dominated the second half with nine shots on goal to four for the Cougars.
The overtime periods were fairly even with the Huskies with a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.
BV Northwest had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Huskies were fourth at the Class 6A state tournament last year and will take a 17-1-1 record into the state semifinals Friday evening at the College Boulevard Activity Center.
BV Northwest won its only state championship in 2006.
The Huskies have not lost to a Kansas school in 2012, losing to Rockhurst and getting a tie with Chaminade out of St. Louis.
“We have no one star, just all stars,” Huskies coach Rick Pribyl said. Pribyl had been the coach for the Huskies for all 20 years of the school’s existence.