Flivvers prevail in 2nd OT
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – Sam Fleming has made a number of big shots in her Flivver tennis and basketball career.
She’s also got one in soccer.
Fleming launched a 25-footer with 17 seconds left in the second 10-minute overtime session to lift Kingsford past Three Lakes, Wis., 2-1 in a high school match Monday at Commemorative Field.
“Sam Fleming stepped up and played one heck of a game,” Flivver coach Todd Formolo said. “That last shot by Sam, I asked her, ‘You have to shoot. Please just shoot high and long.'”
The senior followed orders to a tee. Angie Tripp was credited with the assist, winning the drop ball and passing to Fleming.
Freshman Savannah Martin scored the other Flivver goal, finding the net with 17:46 showing in the second half.
“We started out slow but we put together a lot of decent runs,” Formolo said. “The girls tried to finish hard.”
Martin, only moments after entering the game, found a loose ball in front of the net. Sophomore Meredith Campbell tallied the assist.
“Meredith had a great cross with Savannah finishing,” Formolo said. “You can’t ask for much more.”
Formolo cited Tripp, Megan VanPembrook, Santina Bianco and Fleming for their offensive efforts.
Flivver goalie Courtney Qualley found strong support from center fullback Afton Barrows, Emily Formolo and others.
“The defense was great,” Formolo said.
Three Lakes’ goal, a rocket from Erika Running with 9:47 in the second half, was disputed until confirmed. The shot initially appeared to be whistled dead by a yellow card infraction.
“I agree with them (officials),” Formolo said. “In the end I respect their call. I was just trying to get an idea why.”
The Flivvers (2-1) played 100 minutes in 70-degree temperatures Monday. Will they have enough in the tank when perennial power Marquette arrives today?
“We will because it’s Marquette,” Formolo said. “It’s a big game.
“But we’re also preparing for Iron Mountain (on Thursday), Rhinelander (tournament this weekend) and the U.P.’s.”