FAIRVIEW PARK — The Fairview student section learned a hard lesson Monday night: Don’t break into the “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” song too early.
Fairview led Amherst 3-2 with 15 seconds left on the clock and the Warriors had just poked the ball out of play at the Amherst end.
The Comets scrambled forward, got the ball in play and Lindsay Sands somehow found the back of the net with 1.1 seconds left with the Warrior student section belting out the Steam sports anthem.
“The throw in came right to me, but I mis-touched it at first,” Sands said about her 11th goal of the year. “The defender ran over the ball and tipped it right back to me. I was able to cut a couple of times and hit it with my left foot. This turned out to be a great tie.”
The first 40 minutes gave no indication the Comets (6-5-2) would need last-second heroics as they dominated Fairview with a smothering defense and crisp passing that led to a 1-0 halftime lead.
Fairview (9-1-3) was called for a foul just outside the corner of the box to the left of Warriors goalie Savanah Lilly (eight saves). Ally Perkins touched the ball over to Julie Lacock who ripped the ball into the net with 16:01 left on the clock.
The Comets closed out the first 40 minutes of play with an 8-1 advantage in shots-on-goal.
“We started off strong playing really good soccer getting that goal,” Amherst coach Jim Fossie said. “This game can change so quickly and Fairview came right back with their three goals and it left us scrambling to get back in the game.”
The game turned 180 degrees in a 10-minute span as the Warriors went from one goal down to leading 3-1.
It all began with Megan Coyne striking a restart that was turned away by Comets goalie Taylor Wright. The ball went out to the top of the box in the air where Mo Klag struck a perfect one-touch rip to the back of the net with 23:52 left in the game.
Coyne was responsible for the next two Fairview goals, her 11th and 12th of the year, heading in a corner kick from Klag with 19:33 remaining and then another header with 13:15 left in the game on a chip into the box by Miranda Garcia for what seemed a safe 3-1 lead.
“It only took seven years for the girls here to start heading the ball into the net,” said Warriors coach Scott Underwood, who also doubled as coach for many of the Amherst players in local premier league play.
“When you get a couple players that get aggressive, it feeds the lion, and everyone starts believing. Man, oh, man, momentum sure does change fast in this game.”
Old Mo swung back to the Comets side when Sands put in a header with 7:22 left off a Gabrielle Semon corner kick to trim the lead to 3-2.
“We’ve been working on our corner kick for a long time and that’s the first time it really worked the way it was supposed to work,” Sands said.
Fairview’s defense settled in after the lead was cut to one, but Amherst kept up its offensive pressure until the Warrior student section started singing as Sands knocked home the game-tying goal.
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Fairview 3, Amherst 3
GOALS: (A) Julie Lacock (Ally Perkins assist), Lindsay Sands (Gabrielle Semon assist), Sands (unassisted). (F) Mo Klag (Megan Coyne assist), Coyne (Klag assist), Coyne (Miranda Garcia assist).
SHOTS ON GOAL: Amherst 11, Fairview 8
SAVES: (A) Taylor Wright 3 saves, Lizzie Keller 2 saves. (F) Savanah Lally 8 saves.
CORNER KICKS: Amherst 6, Fairview 2
FOULS: Amherst 7, Fairview 5
HALF: Amherst 1, Fairview 0