IM girls soccer fall in overtime

THREE LAKES, Wis. – Iron Mountian tied Three Lakes in the second half but came up short in overtime and fell 2-1 here Tuesday girls soccer.

Three Lakes’ Cassie Hoger made a run up the left side of the field less than five minutes into overtime and sent a cross to the far post for Kacey Running who headed the ball into the lower corner for game winner.

“The final goal by Three Lakes was just good soccer,” Mountaineers coach Jim Laydon said. “It was an exciting game, and Three Lakes has a good team. We have settled in on who we are, and I think we were very evenly matched tonight.”

The Mountaineers evened the score 1-1 at 70:09 of the second half. Kristen Gendron intercepted a pass at midfield and dribbled through three different Three Lakes players to take the ball all the way to the end line. She dropped the ball to a trailing Carlye Hicks, who punched the ball into the lower left of the goal.

Three Lakes got on the board early, with Running scoring at 12:07 of the first half. Iron Mountain grounded a goal kick to an uncovered Bluejay’s Kacey Running at the top of the 18. She immediately returned the ball with a lofted chip over Iron Mountain’s Hannah Hakamaki to start the scoring.

“We have been struggling with possessing goal kicks on both sides of the field all year, and it cost us tonight,” Laydon said.

The Mountaineers threatend to tie the game at the 60 minute mark when Hicks had a break-away. With only the keeper to beat, Hicks pushed her shot wide right.

Mountaineers keeper Hakamaki was forced out of the game briefly at the 22 minute mark for a yellow card. Hakamaki came out to clear a ball at the top of the 18 and collided with Hoger, bringing out a yellow for illegal contact. By rule, the keeper has to leave the field until the next legal substitution.

Kristen Gendron successfully defended the ensuing penalty kick and the Mountaineers seem re-energized from the incident.

“The referee did a good job with the penalty call,” Laydon said. “It was the correct call, and he explained the incident to the players and coaches. It was accidental but there was still contact and it had to be called.

“Hannah has been great all year and she did what she had to do as a keeper. Thankfully Kristen was able to stop the kick.”

Hakamaki finished with 10 saves.

The Mountainers meet Kingsford this afternoon at Commemorative Field.