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Improbable comeback for Burlington Central

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Burlington Central's Ellen Jayne, left, Alyssa Messina, center, and Cali Andrew embrace after tying the score with Hampshire in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Burlington Central's Alex Weigand (facing) and Lexi Kern (13) embrace as they are greeted by teammates after their overtime win over Hampshire in the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Burlington Central's Baily Panjkovich and Hampshire's Lizzie Panzica collide while battling for the ball in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Hampshire's Alexis Maze collides with Burlington Central goalie Taylor Martin as she slides to block a shot in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Burlington Central's Lexi Kern and Hampshire's Alex Zeller battle for the ball in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Burlington Central's Cali Andrew (9) collies with Hampshire's Jessica Boutin and Paige Palubicki as Hampshire goalie Arianna Rominski leaps to block a hit in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Burlington Central's Julia Petsche trails Hampshire's Kayla Balisteri for the ball in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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With 20 minutes to go in the semifinal of the Class 2A Sycamore girls soccer regional semifinal Tuesday, few in the stands were thinking overtime. No one but the most ardent Burlington Central fans was planning a Rockets' victory celebration. Hampshire led 3-0 and was seemingly able to run out the clock. But by the end of overtime, it was indeed the Rockets who were celebrating. Alyssa Messina scored the tying goal with 1:11 left in regulation, then scored the eventual game-winner halfway through the first overtime as the Rockets completed the improbable comeback for a 4-3 victory.
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    • Burlington Central’s Ellen Jayne, left, Alyssa Messina, center, and Cali Andrew embrace after tying the score with Hampshire in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Burlington Central’s Alex Weigand (facing) and Lexi Kern (13) embrace as they are greeted by teammates after their overtime win over Hampshire in the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Burlington Central’s Baily Panjkovich and Hampshire’s Lizzie Panzica collide while battling for the ball in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Hampshire’s Alexis Maze collides with Burlington Central goalie Taylor Martin as she slides to block a shot in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Burlington Central’s Lexi Kern and Hampshire’s Alex Zeller battle for the ball in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Burlington Central’s Cali Andrew (9) collies with Hampshire’s Jessica Boutin and Paige Palubicki as Hampshire goalie Arianna Rominski leaps to block a hit in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
    • Burlington Central’s Julia Petsche trails Hampshire’s Kayla Balisteri for the ball in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
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