Girls’ Soccer drops heartbreaker to Monacan in overtime


Justin Escamilla

Senior Kayla Pulliam prepares to kick her penalty shot after a Monacan hand ball in the second half.

Cabot Butts, Editor-in-Chief

On Thursday night, the Cavalier girls’ soccer team took on the Monacan Chiefs in a thrilling match that went into overtime. After the Cavs made a two goal comeback in the second half, Auburn commit senior Olivia Woodson scored a lovely brace to give the Chiefs a lead a minute and a half into the first overtime period. The Cavs were unable to overcome the late Monacan goal and dropped the game by a score of 3-2.

A story of two different halves, Monacan got on the board with just over 11 minutes left before scoring again less than a minute later. The Cavs were only able to produce three shots over the course of the 40-minute first half and the Chiefs led by two at the half.

However, Cavalier Chronicle Player of the Game senior Kayla Pulliam scored a goal off of a penalty kick after a Monacan handball 11 minutes into the second half. Pulliam followed her goal up with an assist coming off of a beautiful corner kick with just over 14 minutes left. Freshman Ava Mojaddidi was able to tip Pulliam’s corner kick into the back of the goal, tying the game up at two goals apiece. 

Even having lost the game, defense on the Clover Hill side of the ball proved to be solid. Specifically, junior Rylee Wampler showed out, disrupting a multitude of Monacan breakaways.

With both teams tied at two at the end of regulation, the game entered extra time, which consisted of two five-minute overtime periods. Just over a minute passed in the first overtime period before Woodson found the back of the net to put the Chiefs up by one goal.

The Cavaliers were unable to get much going during the remaining three and a half minutes of the first overtime period, nor were they able to capitalize on a few opportunities in the second overtime, as Monacan went on to win 3-2.

The Green and Gold will look to get back on track next time out after dropping two games this week to Midlothian and Monacan. Following spring break next week, the Cavs will go back on the road against the Powhatan Indians on April 11, at 7 p.m.