Chapin stunned Eastside on Monday night with a goal in sudden-death overtime to capture the Class 3A Upper State girls soccer championship, 3-2.
Chapin (18-5), ranked No. 3 in the state, will play Hilton Head Island for the state championship at 5 p.m. Friday at River Bluff High.
Second-ranked Eastside, denied a third-straight Upper State title, finishes the season at 23-3.
Tied 2-2 after the two 10-minute overtime periods, the teams went into the five-minute period in which first to score wins.
In the third minute, Eastside goalie Bianca Porras and another Eastside player collided while defending the net. The ball went up in the air, and Chapin’s Haley Monts got higher than everyone else and headed the ball in for the winning score.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” said Chapin coach Bob Taylor. “They haven’t quit all year. They’re a great team. They like to play together.”
Eastside took a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. Grace Anderson followed up on a blocked shot and found the back of the net.
The score stayed there until Chapin produced a tying goal at 35:25 of the second half.
In the first 10-minute overtime, Eastside regained the lead when Lauren Thomas scored in the eighth minute.
Chapin got the equalizer in the third minute of the second 10-minute overtime. Kate Harrington launched a long kick that managed to get by Eastside’s defense to tie the game 2-2.
WANDO 4, DUTCH FORK 1
Wando raced past Dutch Fork to advance to its eighth straight Class 4A state championship game. The defending champions will face J.L. Mann on Friday at River Bluff High in a rematch of last year’s title game.
Warriors freshman forward Hannah Betfort struck in the 13th minute, breaking through the Silver Fox defense and firing away from 36 feet to give Wando the first-half lead.
Dutch Fork (20-2) ramped up the intensity and pressure of its attack to match Wando in the second half. The Warriors took advantage of the aggressiveness at the other end, using speed and athleticism to win the battle in front of the net to score three more goals.
Midfielder Katie Leen scored on a header off the second bounce from a corner kick in the 45th minute. Brittany Heri floated a shot over the keeper’s head from 60 feet out into the back of the net in the 54th minute to make it 3-0.
Two minutes later, Dutch Fork caught Wando out of position long enough for Emily Jermstad to squeeze in the first goal any team has scored against the Warriors this postseason.
But senior captain Allie Winglosky answered for Wando in the 66th minute, converting a cross from Lyndi Helland off the bounce just a couple of feet out.