For the second time this season, a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference match came down to a shootout for the McDowell Lady Titans.
Unfortunately, the Lady Titans’ record in games decided that way is now 1-1.
McDowell (4-9 overall, 2-5 NWC) fell to the South Caldwell Spartans (4-7-1, 3-4) when the Spartans converted three shots to McDowell’s one in the shootout. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The Lady Titans defeated Alexander Central in a similar manner March 15.
McDowell was without the services of starting goalkeeper Leila Bragg (illness), and sophomore Miryam Ramirez filled in admirably, according to Lady Titans head coach Seth Hunt. Ramirez made 13 saves and allowed only one goal in regulation.
Hunt said the team knew keeping pressure on South Caldwell and playing the game on their end of the field would be important, and for 75 minutes, McDowell did just that.
The Lady Titans took a 1-0 lead at the 20-minute mark of the first half and held it until the game’s waning moments. Danae Lagos drove home a beautiful shot off an assist from Tyler Young, and it looked for most of the night that one score would be enough.
But South Caldwell evened the match with just three minutes remaining in regulation.
In the shootout, Noelle Fields scored McDowell’s only goal, while South Caldwell converted its first three shots. When Ramirez, the fourth Lady Titans shooter, was turned away, that was the match.
The Lady Titans host Watauga tonight (Friday).