CANTON -- Channing Pantano found a streaking Caroline Gibson behind the Sequoyah defense, and Gibson found the back of the net to give Creekview a 3-2 overtime win Tuesday.
The Lady Grizzlies (5-3-1, 2-2 Region 6AAAAAA) let a 2-0 first-half lead slip away to force overtime, but they rediscovered their stride in overtime.
“You can’t ever count Sequoyah out,” Creekview coach Kerri Schmitt said. “It’s always a good rivalry. That's what I told the girls. Even if there are players missing, it’s always a good game. We knew we had two great shots against us. We just needed to resettle, and they did.”
Though it came up short in extra time, Sequoyah (4-7) took advantage of the few opportunities it had.
After being outshot 7-2 in the first half and trailing 2-0, the Lady Chiefs were once again outshot 11-2 after the break, though goalkeeper Keira Schroter made 11 saves to keep the game close.
“We just had some trouble keeping possession on the offensive end,” Sequoyah coach Lauren Holland said. “When they have possession, all you can do is keep defending. We did a good job of keeping the ball out of the goal, and we gave ourselves a chance.”
Sequoyah finally took advantage of those chances with 26:16 to play when Tatum Perry found a shooting lane from 30 yards out to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Lidia Herrera tied the score with 8:47 remaining when she got her own deflected corner kick back and curved a shot into the upper-right corner of the goal.
“We know we need players to step up,” Holland said. “When you don’t have all of your players there, someone else has to make the plays. We saw (Tuesday) some of these girls are ready to step up for us. We just have to keep getting better.”
Creekview’s early lead came on a pair of set-piece goals in a dominant first half.
Allie Cody set both up. First, she found Maddi Rhodes on a corner, and Rhodes slotted the shot into the bottom corner of the net with 25:57 to play in the first half.
Cody then helped extend the lead to 2-0 with 1:56 remaining in the first half when her free kick from midfield connected with Kara Simons, who headed the ball from the top of the box into the back of the net.
“We feel like we always have a good chance on those,” Schmitt said. “Obviously, we can still do a little better. We missed some chances, but these girls are really good. They have that chemistry. It makes us dangerous.”
Both teams will continue region play Friday, with Creekview traveling to Osborne and Sequoyah hosting Dalton.