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Potential win escapes girls vs. Solehi

Whitehall’s girls soccer team was ready to call it a night, but an offside call negated a Zephyr goal with :50 left in regulation to push its match against Southern Lehigh into overtime, which was then won by the Spartans, 2-1, on Monday night at Whitehall.

“I know what he called, but I don’t understand it,” said Whitehall head coach Chris Bleam.

The play in the final minute originated with Aubrey Vivian, who passed to Sophia Mrazik, who passed to Ava Wells for the goal that would break a 1-1 tie, but it didn’t.

“I thought we played well enough to win the game,” Coach Bleam said. “Sometimes you don’t, so I’m not disappointed in the girls at all. It’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”

Southern Lehigh’s Erica Patel scored in the fourth minute of play, and Sage Snyder knocked in the equalizer for Whitehall on an assist by Wells, whose shot was deflected after a pass from Emma Potocnie.

That’s when the Zephyrs took control of the game.

“We tend to start slowly,” said Bleam. “I’m still trying to figure out why. I’m working on a couple different things. But yeah, I thought they grew into the game. I was really proud of the way we played. We kept our midfield a little tighter in the second half, and I thought we tried to penetrate with more, earlier balls in the attacking third to turn the defenders around.”

Three free kicks for the Spartans failed midway through the second half.

In the 71st minute, Wells hit the crossbar.

“I thought we won there,” Bleam said.

Ninety seconds later, Kate Yadush’s shot bounced out of the goal with a second opportunity for Potocnie, and with 1:30 remaining in regulation, Audrey Muller’s shot went wide.

Then, in overtime, Kylie Painter’s shot from the left side scored the game winner with 3:42 left.

The Zephyrs will host Pleasant Valley this Thursday before traveling to East Stroudsburg North on Friday.

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Emma Potocnie and the Whitehall girls soccer team recently dropped a game to Southern Lehigh.