Padua freshman Brieana Hallo hit a curling shot inside the far post in the third minute of overtime to send the No. 1 Pandas past Appoquinimink 1-0 in girls soccer Monday afternoon.
Playing in a nasty combination of wind and rain on synthetic turf, Padua had the run of play in both halves, but struggled at times trying to look for the perfect shot, and only had a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal in halftime.A big reason the game was knotted was the play of Appoquinimink goalkeeper Madelyn Nau and her defense, who turned away several Padua crosses and passes, frustrating the top-ranked team at times.
Nau would make a pair of diving saves in the second half, and by the end of the 80 minutes of regulation, she had made 12 stops with a clean sheet.
Most of Appoquinimink’s chances came from distance, but they got a great look in the 64th minute, when a free kick was deflected low towards the far post, and Padua keeper Katie Szczerba slid to her right to just keep it outside the line.
Padua would get one more good chance in regulation, but a 25-yard shot was again pushed away by Nau, sending the game to golden goal overtime.
It would take just three minutes, as Brianna Niggebrugge fired an outswinging cross from the right wind that was punched away by Nau. Unfortunately for the keeper, it landed right at the foot of Hallo, who was able to cross-over her defender, and uncork a right-footed, in-swinger from 14 yards away that just turned inside the far post, sparking a celebration.
Szczerba was credited with a 4-save shutout for Padua (6-1), who return to action in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Saturday when they face Kellam.
Appoquinimink dropped to 3-3, they look to move to 3-0 Flight A when they host Newark on Wednesday at 3:45.