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Long Beach-Germantown battle goes down to overtime in Class 5A girls soccer action

The Long Beach girls pose with their second place trophy after falling 2-1 to Germantown in the Class 5A state title game in Brandon.
The Long Beach girls pose with their second place trophy after falling 2-1 to Germantown in the Class 5A state title game in Brandon.

The third time was the charm for Germantown.

Following its fourth appearance in the state title game, the Long Beach girls are still in search of their first state championship.

Sam Pennock scored on a shot from about 35 yards out in the first 5-minute golden goal overtime to lift the Lady Mavericks past the Lady Bearcats to claim the MHSAA Girls Class 5A state championship at Brandon’s Bulldog Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It is Germantown’s first state title in school history.

“That is what a championship game should be. We just told our girls to keep taking chances and one finally went in,” said Germantown coach Michael Guidry. “We dominated possession in first half and Long Beach did in the second half. Great game between two teams.”

Germantown’s Jordan Jones scored the game’s first goal 12 minutes in to give the Lady Mavericks a 1-0 lead.

Long Beach had three chances to tie, but two shots went wide and one went right to the Germantown goalkeeper.

The Lady Bearcats tied it at 1-1 with 6 minutes left in the second half when Susie Stevison scored off a free kick.

Through the first three overtime periods, both coaches were thinking the game was destined to go to penalty kicks.

But in the second 5-minute golden goal overtime, Germantown got three close shots on goal.

“I feel like we made it a game in the second half and we scored to tie it. I felt we had the momentum,” Long Beach coach Neil Scott said. “We took advantage of the free kick and kept an attacking formation and thought it’d pay off, but we missed our one chance.”

The loss was Long Beach’s first of the campaign, ending the season with a record of 20-1-1.

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