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Girls Soccer: Joliet Catholic tops Providence in overtime

Down a goal with less than three minutes to go Wednesday, Joliet Catholic didn’t panic.

“We were frustrated, but we just kept fighting,” the Angels’ Kelsey Builta said. “We beat (Providence) twice last season and we really wanted to beat them again.”

Joliet Catholic made it happen as Builta converted a penalty kick with 2:13 left in regulation and Emma Ehrsam scored in overtime to lift the Angels to a 2-1 East Suburban Catholic win in New Lenox.

Ehrsam, a freshman, found the net 71 seconds into overtime, coming up with the ball after a scramble just outside the box and firing a high shot over the head of Providence goalie Nicki Griffith (5 saves).

“I don’t really know what happened,” Ehrsam said. “The ball just came to me and I just shot it. I wasn’t very confident that it was going to go in, but it got over her head and went in.”

The Angels (4-5-1, 1-2-1) held on for the remaining eight-plus minutes of overtime to capture the victory.

“We thought it was golden goal at first,” Ehrsam said. “It was suspenseful having to keep playing, but we did it.”

Providence (7-5-2, 2-3) seemed in control until Mandy Gruber sent a long pass into the Celtics’ box and Andriana Acosta was taken down, resulting in a penalty kick.

Builta converted with a line drive to Griffith’s left.

“It was nerve-racking,” Builta said. “Providence missed a PK earlier and I didn’t want to miss mine. It was exciting seeing it go in.”

Both defenses dodged bullets in a scoreless first half. Providence came up empty on the penalty-kick chance and Acosta fired a laser off the crossbar.

The Celtics took control early in the second half and got on the board with 37:08 to go when Regan Flaherty took a Alyssa Dorning pass and drilled a high shot past Joliet Catholic goalie Lena Rodriguez (3 saves).

Providence put a lot of pressure on over the next several minutes, but could not add to the lead. That came back to haunt the Celtics.

“We definitely let it slip away,” Providence coach Dan Potempa said. “We had this game circled on our calendar since last year when they beat us in the playoffs. We took the lead, and I think the girls thought that would be enough. Joliet Catholic wanted it more than us at the end.”



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