In a game that was never led by more than a goal for either team, Blair Anderes’ header from seven yards out with 11 minutes left proved to be enough, as Myers Park beat host Providence 3-2 to advance to the West regional finals.
Anderes was a fitting player to score the go-ahead goal considering she scored all five goals in a 5-1 victory the first time these two teams met in late April.
Providence took an early lead when Maddy McGarry took advantage of a defender who slipped, sending the ball to the far post for a score.
“Providence was without a doubt the better team for the first 20 minutes,” Myers Park coach Bucky McCarley said. “There’s an ebb and a flow, a roller coaster to every competitive soccer game, and we did such a great job, for lack of a better word, staying buckled in.”
The Mustangs tied the game 15 minutes later when Abby Givens took a deflected inbounds pass half the length of the field for a goal, and they took the lead with two minutes left in the half on Virginia McNeill’s penalty kick.
Providence tested Myers Parks’ focus and mentality with 25 minutes left in regulation on Ellie Deaver’s goal from 20 yards out. But just 14 minutes later, Anderes and the Mustangs came through.
“There’s going to be moments where you can be brilliant, and you’ve got to be composed enough to take care of the brilliant,” McCarley said. “It was a knockdown, dragout (game), and it was skilled soccer, and when we needed to, we were skilled enough to win.”
Myers Park will face Hough on Tuesday. Hough has beaten Myers’ Park twice this season by the same 1-0 score.
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