After a hundred minutes of play, the A-5 district championship game on Wednesday between North Platte and Lincoln Southwest was still scoreless and the game was settled in a shootout.
In the shootout, Southwest (13-5) defeated North Platte to win the district title and qualify for the state tournament at Bauer Field.
The Bulldogs (12-3), ranked No. 5 in the NSAA power point rankings, still have a good chance of making it to state with the wild card.
But that wasn't really on Coach Sarah Kaminski's mind after losing the shootout. Not knowing whether or not Wednesday marked her team's final outing of the season, she just wanted to stress how proud she was of them.
"These girls are about as close to perfect as you can get," said Kaminski. "I believe in them and they believe in each other. I won't give up on them until they get the job done."
Goal scoring opportunities for both teams were few and far between in regulation as both defenses were up to the task. The respective goalies for each squad, Jackie Paloucek for NPHS and Megan Hastings of Lincoln Southwest, didn't have to do too much work in guarding the net.
"Again, (the girls) played hard," Kaminski said. "They passed the ball around and they created opportunities."
After two ten minute overtime periods, the game went to a shootout. Southwest got the first shot and Megan McCashland beat Paloucek to score for the Silverhawks.
Breezy Jahnke responded on her end by beating Hastings to tie it up. Both teams scored again on the next round with Kasha Meyer and Natalie Poppe making their shots.
Abby Meader made the following shout for Southwest and then the Silverhawks got the advantage when Karissa Moreland missed wide left of the goal.
The Lady Dawgs stayed alive, however, when Vanessa Kavan's shot hit the top post. But Madalynn Doughty couldn't take advantage. She missed to the left much like Moreland did.
That set up Baleigh Miller for another game-winning attempt for Southwest. She shot right and put it in to win the district title. Paloucek, who may have anticipated that Miller went left, didn't react quick enough to make a play on it.
Going in, North Platte was 2-0 in shootouts this season with both wins coming against Norfolk.
"It's hard to end the game in a shootout," said Kaminski. "We had the same five girls we've had all year long."
To get the wild card for the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs need Omaha Westside to beat Kearney in the A-4 district championship game on Thursday. The other three teams NPHS needed to win-Millard North, Omaha Marian and Lincoln Southeast, all won their district on Wednesday.
"We're just going to have to watch the games," Kaminski said.