Chloe Browing

Washington’s Chloe Browning (right) battles for a ball against Heritage Hills on Thursday at the Sports Complex. WHS fell in OT, 2-1.

Washington and Heritage Hills needed 94 minutes to determine who would end the evening atop the PAC conference standings. However when it was all said and done, it was an overtime goal from Heritage Hills that gave WHS (4-1-1) its first loss of the year.

The winning goal was a perfectly-placed 35-yard shot in the final minute of the first overtime that proved to be the biggest difference in the game. However, as Washington came in 4-0-1 and Heritage Hills entered at 7-0, the game still served as what could be a regional preview.

“Our sectional is gonna be a really tough sectional obviously, and this could be a potential regional opponent coming from that Evansville sectional, along with Mater Dei, so it’s really a toss up between them. I will say that I think our girls have a lot more confidence after tonight,” said WHS coach Cody Chapman.

Heritage Hills got on the board first with a goal from just outside the box at 36:30 to make it 1-0, as Sydney Ayre beat Hatchet keeper GG Revolorio to the top right side of the goal to take the early advantage.

Peyton Summers-Ponce and Washington’s first real shot came 10 minutes into the game, however Heritage Hills controlled most of the first 10 minutes at mid-field. Heritage Hills kept Revolorio busy throughout the second 10 minutes of the half as well as Haley Osborne, a highly-touted IU recruit had several chances, but nothing particularly scary.

At the 16-minute mark Washington’s defense led by Ellie Matteson turned back a Heritage Hills chance that easily could’ve become the second goal. Heritage Hills had another opportunity right around the 10-minute mark but a high kick dangerous play in the box turned the Lady Pat chance into a Hatchet stop and nullified the opportunity.

Osborne missed another scoring opportunity with just under 5:00 to play with a blast from the left side that just went wide right.

WHS’s luck changed, as Summers-Ponce got the equalizer with 3:34 left in the first, on a blast from the right side that tied the game at 1-1. The shot was deflected by Heritage Hill’s keeper Mallory Garrison, hit the crossbar above and came down just inside the goal.

The goal seemed to inspire WHS, as Washington came out of the half in a very active way to open the second half, with a corner kick in an opportunity from sophomore Chloe Browning.

Although WHS had the only goal scored against HH this season, Chapman still said finishing has been an issue this season for his team.

“Well, we just yeah we got to connect better from our forward play to our defensive play, you know, what you see a lot of times with us is we get spread out, where we’ve got four players who are in there attacking and we have our defensive players back and we’re missing the connection, not because the midfielders aren’t there, they’re either getting caught forward or caught back instead of being that connection to build up through. That is something we’ve got to continue to work on,” said Chapman.

Hatchet senior Caroline Kroeger had a throw-in five minutes into the second half that Allison Hill had the first touch on, and it looked like it would give Washington a solid chance as there was some confusion in the box, but HH was able to clear and avoid the goal. Emma Dant added a free kick, shortly after, but WHS was unable to convert.

Hill then picked up a yellow card with 32 left in the game, in what would be the first of two cards for WHS.

The Hatchet keeper remained strong, as Revolorio had to tip a shot over the crossbar with 26:00 to play, but neither team really dominated on the offensive end. Daylee Devine and Sydney Melton both had big defensive stops to break up Lady Patriot chances, as did senior Jessica Hart.

Osborne started a furious minute of action that included a shot across the mouth and a ball off the crossbar. Osborne had another great chance but picked up a yellow card after arguing with the referee. Heritage Hills continued to pepper Revolorio in the final 10 minutes of the game, along with Browning picking up a yellow with 4:10 left. However the game would move into OT where it would be decided.

Early in the OT, HH found the post again and it looked like Osborne was going to have a great chance in the box with a whistle, but the call went WHS’s way to avoid the PK. Unfortunately with :40 left in the first OT, the Lady Pats connect on a perfectly placed 35-yard goal from Hadley Lyton to make it 2-1. Neither team scored during the second overtime giving Heritage Hills the 2-1 lead and pushing them atop the PAC conference and giving Washington its first loss of the season.

WHS travels to both Mount Vernon and North Posey on Saturday in games at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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