Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith Alcovy's Morgan Edelman knocks the ball away to Douglas County from scoring during the first half of the Class AAAAAA playoffs on Tuesday.
COVINGTON -- It came down to penalty kicks on Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium before Douglas County was to get the 2-1 (3-2) win and head to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
Douglas County (10-5-1) led for most of the game until Morgan Edelman definitely gave Alcovy the momentum when she tied the game with 8:01 sending the match into overtime.
After going 2-2 in the first round of penalty kicks, Douglas County's Rebecca Farley was able to get the ball past Alcovy's keeper for the win.
Douglas County came out in the dominating position, pressuring Alcovy (7-8-1) to start the game. Despite the many offensive charges by Douglas County, Alcovy's defense held strong.
Even though Douglas County continued to control the ball, Alcovy's offense started to get its chances 12 minutes into the game.
As the half continued, Douglas County's offensive dominance continued to get stronger as Alcovy's defense continued to deny any clean shots at the goal.
However, Douglas County broke down Alcovy's defense, allowing Lindsey Platt an unencumbered look. The look resulted in Platt knowing where to place the shot, giving Douglas County a 1-0 lead with 10:56 left in the first half.
Douglas County continued to apply the pressure after its first goal but the Alcovy defense again held its ground for the remainder of the first half.
The second half showed Alcovy playing more aggressivly but not to the point where it was able to seriously threaten Douglas County.
While Douglas County was not allowed to be as aggressive as it wanted by Alcovy's defense, it still had its chances to add to the score. At one point midway in the second half, Douglas County missed three goals, including a try by Platt that was similar to her earlier goal, within a minute of each other keeping the score the same.
Alcovy's best chance to tie the game came with 19 minutes remaining following a corner kick by Alex Jordan. Douglas County keeper Danielle Cavalcante was on the ground trying to get the ball. However, the ball bounced around, being touched several times before she was able to pull it in.
Even though the Tigers were down, they were not out of it. Alcovy's relentless attacking paid off when Edelman hit a high lob just inside the post to tie the game.
Douglas County made a valiant push to win the game in the final three minutes of regulation but Alcovy was able to hold it off sending the game into overtime.