Senior Breanna Williams scored the winning goal in overtime as Dowagiac defeated South Haven 2-1 in overtime. (Daily News Photo/RON HARNER)

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Williams lifts Chieftains in OT

Published 11:12pm Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dowagiac girls soccer player Breanna Williams scored a painful game-winning goal Wednesday against South Haven.

Williams scored with 7:29 left in the first overtime to give the Chieftains a 2-1 lead and that score would hold up through the two 10 minute overtimes.

But Williams wasn’t able to celebrate the goal as she re-injured her ankle while scoring that clutch goal.

“She rolled her ankle,” said Dowagiac coach Mike Williams, who’s Breanna’s father. “She’s got two rolled ankles that she suffered about six weeks ago. She’s not 100-percent yet. Both ankles are wrapped tight. I don’t know if she rolled her ankle before or after she placed the ball in. But she’s tough. She has no choice but to play. She’s my daughter. But she’s hungry all the time on the field and loves playing soccer and the competition.”

Starting from about 20 yards out, Williams went 1-on-1 against a defender with her nifty footwork eventually producing a goal from five yards.

Williams has a single season school-record this year of 17 goals. She scored a single game school-record six goals Monday in Dowagiac’s 8-0 win over Berrien Springs.

“She did two (goals) just like that the other day (against Berrien Springs),” Mike Williams said. “She playing with more confidence now in her ability. She’s not afraid to take the ball in because she can turn and cut much better right now.”

Each team had two shots on goal in the two overtimes with Dowagiac goalie Alyssa Fritz coming up with two of her 10 saves. South Haven goalie Jamie Simonsen had one save in overtime and finished the match with 12 saves.

South Haven got off a corner kick in the final 20 seconds of the second overtime but were unable to get off a shot off that kick.

“It wasn’t that great of a corner kick,” Mike Williams said. “That was a good thing. We had a nice clear out to finish the match.”

Dowagiac improved to 6-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the Wolverine Conference, while South Haven fell to 1-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.

“We’ve played good soccer thoughout the season,” Mike Williams said. “This is the best team I’ve had (in 11 years as varsity coach) in girls soccer. They’re complete and are able to move the ball.”

Dowagiac led 1-0 at halftime after getting a goal from Lauren Krueger with 26:06 left in the first half. The score came from five yards out.

The Chieftains outshot the Rams, 9-6, in the first half. Simonsen’s six saves in the first half helped South Haven stay close.

“We had a lot of opportunities at the beginning of the game,” Mike Williams said. “We put good pressure on them. We just weren’t finishing.”

Both teams had seven shots in the second half with the lone goal coming from South Haven’s Emma Brzezinski with 23:51 left in the match. The score came in the middle of the field just inside the goal box.

“My sweeper came up and stood flat and they got by after that point,” Mike Williams said. “Despite that, our sweeper did a fantastic job.”

South Haven…1

Dowagiac…2 (Overtime)

Halftime score

Dowagiac 1, South Haven 0

First half

D – Lauren Krueger 26:06

Second half

S – Emma Brzezinski 23:51

Shots on goal

South Haven 15

Dowagiac 18

Saves

South Haven 12 (Jamie Simonsen)

Dowagiac 10 (Alyssa Fritz) 10

Corner kicks

South Haven 4

Dowagiac 4

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