Nearly two minutes into overtime today, Glenelg senior Becky Simpson surprised South Carroll's goalie and her own teammates by flashing in front of the net, but most of all she surprised herself with the decisive goal in the Gladiators' 8-7 nonconference victory.
Inserted into the lineup to help control the ball before Glenelg lost a one-goal lead late in regulation, Simpson assumed a rare scoring role 1 minute 45 seconds into the first overtime session, plucking a rebound of her own shot out of the air and dumping it over the shoulder of Cavaliers goalie Carrie Condon.
Glenelg junior goalkeeper saved South Carroll's only shot of the second three-minute overtime period as the buzzer sounded to preserve the undefeated Gladiators' seventh straight win and second overtime victory in three days.
"Coach [Ginger Kincaid] always puts me in there to spread it out because she knows I don't really go to the goal that much. But I knew the shot was open and we had to do it, so I just went in," Simpson said.
Glenelg's boys (5-1) completed a sweep of the Cavaliers with an 11-9 decision in the nightcap. Senior attackman Kyle Beliczky scored a career-high six goals, and senior Brad Richter added three goals as the Gladiators' won their fourth straight.
Glenelg's girls had a tough time with South Carroll, spotting the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes.
Glenelg did not take a lead until senior midfielder Katie Krumpotich scored her fourth goal with 5:30 remaining in regulation. Senior Amy Knell had two goals and two assists for the Gladiators (7-0).
"For the past five games we have gone down 2-0 every single game," said Krumpotich, who scored the game-winner in a 5-4 overtime victory against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. "I don't know if it's that we can't figure out how to get things started, or if it just takes us a while to warm up."
It took Krumpotich 10 minutes to warm up. She scored the Gladiators' first goal after 11:26 elapsed, added another four minutes later, and assisted on a goal by senior Amy Knell that tied the score at 3.
"If no one else makes it known that they are going to take it, I basically had to make it known to the other team that they are going to have to play me to open up other people on my team," Krumpotich said.