By Jeremy McDonald
If playing in the playoffs weren’t crazy enough, imagine that going to overtime and winning the game with three minutes left in overtime.
That’s what Rocklin did.
The foot of Maddie Morrison, daughter of head coach Paul Morrison scored the game winner with three minutes to play for a 3-2 victory, sending the Thunder to Tracy for the second round of the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section playoffs.
“I knew we had to come out with intensity, it’s a must win game,” said Maddie Morrison. “It was kind of scary at the beginning, but we finished strong.”
Overtime started as a chess match, if you aren’t shooting, your playing defense.
In the final 10 minutes of overtime however, Rocklin let the dogs out as Morrision and Christina Lazar picked up shots after shots against a physical Mustangs defense that eventually led to Morrison’s goal.
Morrison just ran back on defense as everyone bombarded her.
“I get excited, but it’s not what I do,” laughed Morrison about not joining the celebration.
Paul Morrison, on the other hand, did the excitement for her.
“I’m over here freaking out,” said Paul Morrison with a smile. “I gave our (Junior Varsity) coach a huge hug. So yeah, pretty exciting, pretty proud moment.”
A injured Rodriguez player led to a drop kick ball, but the shot at the goal sallied just right as time expired.
“I thought we had it,” said Paul Morrison on overtime.
“It was pretty nerve racking,” added Maddie Morrison on the frame.
Maddie Morrison got Rocklin on the board first with a 26th minute goal, her first of her two “brace” feat goals.
But the Mustangs quickly responded with a 30th minute goal, then added a Jordyn Cunningham goal in the 45th-minute that gave Rodriguez a 2-1 lead.
With 2:58 to go in regulation, after battling the Mustangs stout midfield and backline, the girl known as “Bobe” Christina Lazar, tied the game to force the two 10-minute overtime periods.
“Last eight minutes we started pounded and I thought ‘we can do this’” “It was exciting, so exciting that I got a headache.”
Rocklin are traveling to Tracy to play the Bulldogs Thursday. Tracy defeated Roseville on penalty kicks, time is yet to be determined for the game.