GENOA - With 15 minutes remaining in the championship game of the Class 1A Genoa-Kingston Regional, Genoa Kingston and Indian Creek were so even, the match looked destined for overtime.
That was until Madison Spooner was finally able to get free.
Indian Creek's Emily Schilling found space and played a pass into Spooner, who corralled the pass on the left side of the penalty area and fired a shot. The shot hit off of the far post, and went into the back of the net. That lone goal gave Indian Creek a 1-0 victory and its second consecutive regional title.
"It is really exciting and feels really good," Schilling said. "I saw Madison going up and I knew she would have, so it is really good that she got to it."
Spooner's goal was the only breakthrough in a very intense match. Both squads were not giving an inch, until late in the second half.
"It was a great match between two competitive teams. We came out to play and the intensity was there the whole game. The girls were working hard up top," Indian Creek coach Luke Anderson said. "I was hoping that we could finish one of those nine corners, but it was great to see it come to fruition at the end."
The T'wolves were on the front foot for most of the match, as the Timberwolves had nine corner kicks and finished with 13 shots. G-K head coach Randy Tate said that it wasn't a great game for the Cogs.
"It wasn't one of our better games," Tate said. "We were stagnant and standing around. I don't know what the problem was. If we would have played like we normally play, like the last three minutes."
Spooner's goal came against the run of play as Indian Creek caught the Cogs on the break. Spooner, who had been kept quiet for most of the match, found space and finished nicely.
"I just tried to get a foot on it. I honestly didn't think it was going to go in, but I was extremely excited when it did," Spooner said.
The Cogs came back by throwing everything at the Timberwolves. With three minutes remaining, a Nicole Hebel corner kick curved and clanged off the cross bar. Less than a minute later, Ashley Grimm was in on goal, but her shot bounced off the far post.
G-K earned a free kick on the edge of the box with time winding down. Hebel shot towards the goal but the ball barely went wide.
"At this time of the year, it only takes one mistake or one lucky shot, and that's the difference," Tate said. "I don't think we played up to our usual, but it just wasn't our day."