PUNXSUTAWNEY – With a cold wind blowing across the stadium, St. Marys lifted a ball over the outstretched hands of Punxsy girls' soccer goalie Allie Fye for what would be the game-winning goal, 3-2, with 15:05 left in the match.
"It just wasn't our game," said Lady Chucks' coach Kevin Hughes.
Sydney Dubensky provided a goal in each half to provide all the Lady Chucks' offense on the afternoon.
Dubensky netted the game's first score of the match. The Lady Dutch tied the contest, 1-1, in the 30th minute for the other goal of the opening half.
St. Marys came out strong in the opening of the second half. The visitors barely missed a boot that slid to the right of the goal in the first two minutes on a breakaway. St. Marys capitalized less than two minutes later at 43:37, as it connected on a 25-yard goal to the right bottom corner on a loose ball in the middle of the field for a 2-1 advantage.
Punxsy put on its best rush of the day just over 12 minutes later. On a nice pass ahead, Courtney Huffman took the pass and dribbled into the penalty box, where she was pushed and taken down. The Lady Dutch foul gave the Lady Chucks' Dubensky a penalty shot. Dubensky put the ball into the right side of the net for a 2-2 tie with 23:57 remaining.
The two teams went back-and-forth until the 64:55 mark. St. Marys passed the ball from the left wing to the center of the field, where the ball was lofted high and just over Fye's the outstretched hand in net for the score.
Lady Chucks' Ashley Bacha belted a hard shot from around 20 yards with 12:58 to go in the match only to see the Lady Dutch goalie get enough to keep it in her hands after bobbling the handle. Bacha hit another shot a few minutes later from her back position, but to the same result.
"We came on hard in the second half. I thought we would tie it up, but it was just too little, too late," admitted Hughes. "It was a good physical match."
Punxsy will travel on Wednesday to Karns City for a 5:30 p.m. bout.