Bluffton’s Angelina Facenda punched home a well-placed free kick from Katie Shrewsbury in overtime to lift the Bobcats to a 2-1 road win over rival May River in Region 7-4A girls soccer action Tuesday.
After a scoreless first half, the Sharks struck first on a deep shot from Adrianna Machado that floated just beyond the reach of Bluffton keeper Fiorella Munguia.
That was the only time the Sharks beat Munguia, who recorded six saves, and the Bobcats struck back quickly. Micaelann Gies found the equalizer with a beautiful strike from just inside the 18 off an assist from Shrewsbury, and neither team could find the game-winner in regulation.
Bluffton put 20 shots on goal, and a second one finally found the back of the net in extra time. Shrewsbury took a free kick and lofted a beautiful ball into the box for Facenda, who settled it and punched it just inside the right post for the game-winner.
“That was by far the best game of any opponent in regards to sportsmanship by both squads since I’ve been at Bluffton,” Bobcats coach Brian McCarthy said. “Obviously, it was a region game that we are both trying to win, but it felt more like a friendly. They are all friends off the field and some play together on club teams, so the amount the of respect that was given to each other was very refreshing to see. Although we will be competitive on the field, it was nice to see that in the end we are all Bluffton. I tip my hat to the coaching staff, girls and fans of May River for a well-played game and wish them luck in every game until we meet again.”
The Bobcats (3-1, 2-1) host Colleton County for a region matchup Friday.
The Sharks (1-4, 0-2) travel to Beaufort High for a region contest Tuesday.