Said Saggese: “The thing about the three-man (referee) system is they’re not going to mess up on offsides calls. The referee is on the back line and they have a clear view of the play.”
Three minutes later, Lauren Loucks took a shot from outside the penalty box that appeared to deflect off the hand of Milford’s Hannah Saggese, who was inside the box. A handball call inside the box results in a penalty kick for the other team, but the referees’ whistles remained silent.
“It wasn’t a handball,” said Chris Saggese, adding that the ball hit his daughter in the collarbone.
Garretson again disagreed.
“It was a handball in the box,” she said. “What can you do? I just wanted to be sure we got our heads back into the game.”
Lauren Loucks had another solid scoring chance with 15 minutes left in regulation. After stealing the ball from a Milford defender, she dribbled a bit and took a long shot that hit the crossbar. The ball bounced back onto the field and Milford cleared it.
CV-S also threatened on a corner kick with about six minutes left in the second overtime, but Amanda Fish cleared Jordan Loucks’ serve from the right side after it landed inside the box and took a bounce. About two minutes later Jordan Loucks crossed a pass from the left to Lauren Loucks, who shot over the goal after touching the ball backwards to evade a defender.
Otherwise, both defenses produced standout efforts Saturday.
Milford’s Fish, Saggese, Mataiah Waters and Serena Chase often neutralized the speed of Jordan and Lauren Loucks. At the other end, Hull, Maddie Archer and Kaylie Yerdon frustrated the Wildcats by limiting the chances of top scorers Lawson, Mertz and Kaley Chase.
“We’re disappointed today, for sure, but we’ll rebound,” said Garretson, who received seven saves from Kyle Graham. “We have a great group of kids and a great community that supports us. I don’t think anyone expected us to get this far. I doubt anyone expected us to go into four overtimes with Milford and almost get to penalty kicks. We were just awesome today.”