CHATHAM, NJ - Every time Jen Olnowich touched the ball in the second half, there was a rise in the crowd noise, an anticipation that something good was about to happen for the Chatham girls soccer team.
As exciting as Olnowich made it for the crowd, it wasn't meant to be for the rising freshman and the Lady Cougars on this night. Caldwell sophomore Leanna Rebimbas created her own cheers by scoring two goals, the second with 3:16 left in the second overtime as Caldwell ended Chatham's unbeaten string at six games, 2-1, on Cougar Night.
Chatham had entered the game with an unbeaten skein over its previous six games with a 5-0-1 mark.
"This shows where we're going as a program," Chatham coach Gary Adair said. "As disappointed as they are, I think they appreciate the good things that are happening around the team. A good crowd on a Friday night under the lights. It's good for the girls to experience this. We threw everything but the kitchen sink at them.
"This is brilliant. This is what high school sports is all about."
It was a tough one to take for Chatham (8-4-1), which took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Katie Farricker (see video). Grace Lsrson started the goal-scoring play by lifting a corner kick in front of the goal. Rebecca Nickerson had the first touch on the ball and hit it to Farricker, who put it away inside the near post in the 10th minute.
But Rebimbas struck to tie the game with 2:56 left in the first half for Caldwell (7-5) to make it a 1-1 game at the break.
Chatham knocked on the door through the second half and into the second overtime period before Rebimbas made another nice finish to win it.
"We've done all we can tonight," Adair said. "We played really hard, we missed chances, we've been unlucky. You can't ask for anything else. We'll just have to start a new streak. It's not the end of the world, it's one game and there are a lot of games still to play."