TRAVERSE CITY — One hundred minutes wasn’t enough.
In a battle between two of the top area soccer teams, Charlevoix and Leland went the distance — and then some.
Despite being a player down the final 9:06, The Rayders emerged with a 3-2 shootout victory in Tuesday’s Division 4 regional semifinal at the Coast Guard Soccer Complex.
“Overcoming adversity was what that was,” Charlevoix second-year coach Peter Scholten said.
The win puts the Rayders in Thursday’s regional final at the same locale and also sets a new program record for victories with 20. They’ll play Muskegon Western Michigan Christian, which routed Big Rapids Crossroads 8-0 in the other semifinal. Charlevoix lost 2-1 to WMC in last year’s regional semifinal.
“I thought we played really well,” Scholten said of Tuesday’s overtime. “I thought we had actually maybe even more opportunities than they had, playing down. And they’re a great team.”
Charlevoix (20-5-1) was given a red card for goaltender contact 54 seconds into overtime, but managed to avoid giving up a winning goal to Leland (22-3-2).
Defender Katie Hinkley’s low shot to the right wrapped up the shootout with the Rayders holding a 3-1 advantage.
This isn’t Charlevoix’s first experience at this. The Rayders won a 12-shot shootout against Elk Rapids earlier this season.
“It is nerve-wracking,” Scholten said. “We do practice that, and it’s our second one. I was really relieved we got it done in the first five.”
Kylee Scholten and Leah Davis also scored in the shootout. Whitney Schaub scored for Leland.
“They played it smart,” Comets coach Joe Burda said. “They played possession. They drew it out to the shootout. I thought we could space it out a little more and make them chase us.
“It’s an awful way to lose a game. It’s an exciting way to win a game. I’m happy with the game; not happy with the loss.”