Girls soccer: 5A-10 final

Goalie Amber Davis makes 13 saves and Alexa Morse scores the only goal to win the title.

By Martin Bater
Published January 19, 2008

Hillsborough defeated Plant 1-0 in a match Terriers coach Dwight Wood said was "80 minutes of pure intensity" to become the district champion.

Hillsborough (12-6-1) took only three shots on goal, but Plant (14-1-4) finished with 27. Terriers goalie Amber Davis came up big, making 13 saves.

The Panthers took five shots on goal in the first 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the Terriers hunkered down on defense.

"We wanted to hold them off and frustrate them. We knew we only needed one goal with a world-class goalie like Amber Davis playing the way she did," Wood said.

Plant fell into Hillsborough's trap as it slowly became desperate for answers on how to get to Davis.

In the 76th minute, Meagan Nelson caught the Panthers defense off guard in a counterattack and dished the ball to Alexa Morse, who kicked it near the right post while Panthers goalie Lauryn Bodden stared in disbelief.

The match ended four minutes later, and as the Terriers celebrated, the Panthers remained staring at the ground in disbelief, wondering how a match they seemed to have under control had slipped away so suddenly.

"This loss hurts, but Tuesday in the regional tournament, everyone is starting over. We couldn't have played any better than we did tonight," Panthers coach Stephen McGill said.