Was it any surprise that it finally came down to penalty kicks between the girls’ soccer teams of Gateway and Haddon Township?
Each earned a 1-0 regular season win over the other and sixth seeded Gateway prevailed in penalty kicks over the No. 4 Hawks to win Thursday’s South Jersey Group 1 championship.
Sophomore MacKell Schultes drilled the decisive penalty kick into the right corner to give the Gators a 3-2 edge.
“It’s a great feeling,” Schultes said.
The two teams had been scoreless through 100 minutes of regulation and two overtimes.
Gateway also received penalty kicks from Sarah Rafferty and Kelly Diehle.
Gators keeper Antonia Pote blocked three Haddon Township shots
“I didn’t feel pressure in the penalty kick segment to tell you the truth,”
Haddon Township keeper Sarah Getzinger blocked one penalty kick and saw another hit the cross bar.
Both teams had chances to score, but each was unable to cash in on some close-in potential opportunities.
Haddon Township’s Leah Palo and Gateway’s Diehle gave opposing defenses plenty to worry about with several dangerous runs.
Gateway (16-7) will now meet Shore in Tuesday’s state Group 1 semifinal at Haddonfield.
Haddon Township ended its season 16-7.
"I told my kids to keep their heads up," Haddon Township coach Jim Kay said. "...We had a good run getting to the final."