|Charlotte Lady Eagles win Carolinas Conference with 3-2 result|
|Skyler Prillaman goal in 90th minute vs. Asheville|
|Published Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:35 pm|
|PHOTO | ASHLEY MAHONEY|
|The Charlotte Lady Eagles won the Conference Carolinas title with a 3-2 win Saturday against Asheville.|
MATTHEWS — The Charlotte Lady Eagles won the Carolinas Conference final in dramatic fashion.
High Point sophomore Skyler Prillaman scored a hat trick to send the first-season Women’s Premier Soccer League side through to regionals with a 3-2 win against Asheville. She put the Eagles up 1-0 in the 60th minute, yet three goals in the final 15 minutes had the sides level going into extra time. Prillaman scored on a header – her 10th goal of the season – in the final minute of added time to secure the win.
“At halftime it was all tied up 0-0,” Prillaman said. “In the locker room, one of the girls gave us a pep talk about who wanted it more. We decided that the game was slopping, and it came down to grit. We came out, we scored a goal, and then they score and tie it up, and I’m just yelling, ‘respond, respond!’ and we get another quick one. It just came down to who wanted it more in the end.”
First-season head coach Sam Hope began formulating scenarios of what overtime would look like when the game was tied in the 90th minute.
“I’m a planner,” she said. “I started to plan for what it would look like to go into overtime. I’m sitting here thinking, ‘what narrative is God writing right now?’ I’m getting excited. My heart rate is going up and down. Ultimately, I’m thinking, ‘OK, we can do this. How are they going to respond? What’s going to be next? Are they going to put on into the back of the net?”
The undefeated Eagles head to regional competition in Florida next weekend. Victory there leads to the semis and the league final in Oklahoma on July 19.
“We will have tomorrow off, the Sabbath,” Hope said. “We’ll enjoy it. We’ll go to church. We’ll rest. We’ve got three days of training, and then we’ll have a travel day on Thursday to get us down to Florida. We’ll give them the rest they need. Ultimately, this is a summer season. We want them to be prepared going back to their college teams, felling fit and active. We’re definitely going to go hard and plan tactically.”
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