BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Maggie Ousouljoglou stepped out from in goal to make what turned out to be the decisive penalty kick in a shootout that sent Bridgewater-Raritan past Ridge in the quarterfinal round of the Section 2, Group 4 girls soccer tournament on Friday.
In a game that was tied, 1-1, after 100 minutes of regular play, Bridgewater-Raritan took the five-round PK tiebreaker, 4-3, with Ousouljoglou, a sophpmore goalie, taking the fifth-round PK and making it to break a 3-3 deadlock.
"The way I look at PKs, all the pressure is on the shooter," said Ousouljoglou, who has the unique perspective of having been on both sides. "I gave up a pretty easy goal earlier (in the shootout), and I had to make up for that."
Not only did Ousouljoglou break the 3-3 PK deadlock, she also made a tough save of a Ridge PK in the fourth round to keep the Red Devils from taking the lead.
Bridgewater-Raritan had tied the game, 1-1, in the third minute of the second half when Danielle Orecchio scored from out front 15 yards away with an assist by Annie Clapp.
After that, much of the second half was uneventful, but the Panthers survived a couple of close calls by Ridge in the first overtime--one thanks to a spectacular save by Ousouljoglou with 5:15 left--and two more near-misses by Ridge in the second half.
Just six days earlier, Bridgewater-Raritan had defeated Ridge, 2-0, in the Somerset County Tournament championship game. Ridge had defeated BRHS in the regular season. So, essentially, the archrivals finished 1-1-1 against each other in 2019.
Bridgewater-Raritan will play at top-seeded North Hunterdon in the semifinal on Monday.