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Starr's Mill 1-1 (6-5 PKs) Chamblee

posted May 4, 2018, 7:19 PM by John Bowen
Friday, May 4th  
at Chamblee High School
by Arthur Walton

The Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers played on the road for the Elite Eight round of the State Playoffs against the Chamblee High School Lady Bulldogs. To start the first half, the Lady Panthers and the Lady Bulldogs were locked in a very aggressive physical battle for control of the match.  With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, a Lady Bulldog was able to capitalize on a clearance from the Lady Panthers and put a goal across.  Down 1 – 0, the Lady Panthers looked for their opportunities.  Unable to counter, the half ended 1 – 0.

To start the second half, the Lady Panthers continued to be aggressive and fight.  They were rewarded when Sara Evans pushed a goal, with an assist from Sophia Varmeziar, into the back of the net with 36 minutes to play in the second half.  With the match tied at 1 all, the outstanding goalkeeping of Zoey Stellman helped the Lady Panthers hold off the Lady Bulldog’s efforts to score. Unfortunately, the Lady Panthers could not find a goal themselves and the match ended in a 1 – 1 tie in regulation. 

In the two overtime periods, no team was able to score, although the Lady Panthers had a close attempt when Chloe Thompson chipped the keeper in the last minute only to have the ball cleared off the line right as Meritt Parker closed in to poke it home.  On the match moved to penalty kicks. The Lady Panthers struck first, and then the Lady Bulldogs answered.  This continued for the next two shooters for each team. Both the Lady Panthers and Wildcats missed on their 4th kick. The two teams traded scores again on the next two shots and then the Lady Panthers scored on their 7th and Zoey Stellman saved the Lady Bulldog shot to secure the win for the Panthers 1 – 1 (6-5)!

The Lady Panthers advanced to the state semifinals of the playoffs, which will be played this Tuesday, May 8th, when they host region rival Whitewater in Panther Stadium. Come out and support your Panthers!

Final Game Statistics:
                                                    Starr’s Mill                                     Chamblee
Shots                                            10 (8 on goal)                              12 (11 on goal)
Saves                                           11                                                 7
Corners                                        4                                                  6
Offsides                                        2                                                  3