Lady Cougars Take out Gilford in First Round of State Soccer Tournament

November 6, 2015

 

by Doug Robinson

With Wednesday’s win, the Lady Cougars of Campbell High School are down to just three games to go for their chance to win the NHIAA State Championship.

Fighting the wind, rain, and raw weather on Oct. 28, the Lady Cougars defended their home turf as, at the end of regulation play, the score was unchanged from the start.

Shoulder to shoulder, and legs fighting legs, competing for the ball, the talented team took the game into a double overtime.

At the end of the overtime, the score remained 0 to 0.

The game came down to penalty kicks.  Each team would get five attempts, going one-on-one against the opposing goalie.  At the end of the attempted kicks (PKs), the winner would be crowned.

The first PK for Campbell was a score.  It went low and to the right of the outstretched and scrambling body of the Gilford goalie.

The first PK for the Golden Eagles went low and to the left of the Campbell goalie.  However, unlike the Golden Eagles, the Campbell High goalie anticipated and shot like a rocket to her right, whacking the ball inches before it crossed the goal line and saving her team from an Eagle score.

The second and third PKs from Gilford hit the right front goal post of the Lady Cougars, and ricocheted back onto the soccer field.

All three of Campbell High’s PKs scored a goal.  All three were low and to the left of the goalkeeper.

The final score was Campbell Lady Cougars 1, Gilford Golden Eagles 0.

Both teams gathered to congratulate each other as the true good sports they are.  The Campbell High School Lady Cougars had displayed not only the tenacity to avert horrible playing conditions, but also the character, courage, respect and responsibility that all Campbell students are known for demonstrating.

Unfortunately, the Lady Cougars fell in their match-up against number 2-ranked Bow High School a few days later on Halloween afternoon.