Monica Tyler had to put a bad memory out of her mind in order to make a very good memory.
The Wheaton North senior ended Tuesday night's girls soccer match at Wheaton Warrenville South with a golden goal in the second overtime period, defeating the Tigers 2-1.
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"Monica had a great opportunity in the first overtime that went wide, and she was fretting over it (between periods)," Falcons coach Tim McEvilly said. "We said, hey, you only have to do one good thing as a forward and it makes all the difference in the world and all of a sudden you're the hero of the game. She showed much more composure on that opportunity."
"I kind of blocked that (first-overtime shot) out of my mind," Tyler said of her second goal of the season. "I got really frustrated about that one. I just needed to touch it in and I touched it on the wrong part of my foot. He told me to forget about it and the next one, you got this."
Tyler made herself the hero in the 97th minute, running onto a long ball over the top of the Tigers' defense from teammate Lexi Pelafas and slotting it into the net.
"At this point in the game, everybody is so tired," McEvilly said. "We said just get the ball over the top and somebody's going to beat somebody else to the ball one way or the other. Fortunately, it was us that got the last opportunity."
"We were very motivated for this game because we lost to them like three years in a row, so we were very fired up," Tyler said.
Pelafas opened the scoring in the 14th minute, sneaking between two defenders to reach a ball bouncing toward the endline and tapping it past the onrushing goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
"In terms of scrambling and being effective, I think they were far more effective than we were," Tigers coach Guy Callipari said. "I think they had a plan and that was being a little bit more direct over the top and allowing their front-runners (Tyler and Pelafas) to apply pressure and see if we made mistakes, and we made two. We made two mental errors and persistent teams will make you pay for that."
WW South equalized in the 56th minute when the Falcons (2-1-1, 1-0) couldn't clear an A.J. Jakuszewski free kick and midfielder Nicole Molino headed it in from 2 yards out.
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