Silver Creek tops North Collins, 2-1, in double OT

NORTH COLLINS — Over the last six seasons, Silver Creek and North Collins have played 12 times in varsity girls soccer, and all 12 times, the game has been within one goal at the end of regulation.

That trend continued on Friday, as Silver Creek came away with a thrilling 2-1 win, with the game-winner coming with just 28 seconds left in double overtime.

“It’s always a fight against them, I don’t know why, it just is,” said Silver Creek coach Kevin Rice. “They have a great program over there and their girls played with a lot of heart. … Give credit to them, they really played us tough.”

Silver Creek (4-0, 1-0) trailed early, as North Collins took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on a goal off a set piece. The ball deflected off a wall of Silver Creek defenders and into the net. That 1-0 score held through the remainder of the first half.

The second half, however, could not have started any better for Silver Creek. Chloe Barrett scored just two minutes into the second half on an assist from Jade Bouvier, which evened the score at 1-1. That score held through the rest of regulation.

After regulation, the two teams were slated for two 10 minute overtime periods. If the score remained tied after the conclusion of the second period, the game would have ended in a draw.

Kianna Brown was having none of that.

After a loose ball bounced around in front of the net, the ball eventually found its way to the foot of Brown, who buried a shot in the upper left corner of the net with only 28 seconds remaining in the game. Silver Creek put all 11 players back on defense for the remaining 28 seconds and escaped with a fourth straight win away from home to begin the season.

“Every win is a big win right now, especially on the road,” said Coach Rice.

Rice revealed that the win was even more crucial now that his team is without one of its key players, Abby Rice, for the rest of the season. Abby, Coach Rice’s daughter and the younger sister of captain Emma Rice, has a partially separated labrum and will undergo surgery in the offseason. The hope is that Abby will be able to play during basketball season, then undergo surgery after the season is over. Abby’s injury worsened after competing in the team’s recent tournament in Salamanca.

“She’s a huge piece to our success,” said Coach Rice. “We haven’t quite solved the equation without her yet, but this was a good win.”

Silver Creek finally plays on its home field for the first time next week, as the Black Knights host Pine Valley on Monday.