UNION — The Wall girls soccer team won its second straight state title in dramatic fashion on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime victory over Westwood in the Group II final at Kean University.
Hailee Reinhardt scored on a direct kick with 20 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Crimson Knights the win.
Reinhardt’s shot was taken from 35 yards out and into heavy traffic in front of the net and might have been deflected by a Cardinals player past goalie Camryn Collova.
The goal ended a wild game for Wall who looked ready to cruise to a win early in the game after taking a 2-0 lead.
The Crimson Knights got goals in the first 15 minutes of the game from Sarah Gordon and Jenna Karabin, before a penalty kick goal by Westwood midway through the first half sparked the Cardinals. Westwood tied the game 2-2 after two Wall defenders collided to give the Cardinals an opening and a shot on goal went off a Crimson Knight defender and just inside the post.
Westwood actually took a 3-2 lead early in the second half on a Meghan Reidel goal on a volley off a long corner kick, but the Crimson Knights continued to battle and create chances.
Gordon tied the game midway through the second half after scoring off a Lauren Karabin cross.
Wall was determined to end the game in overtime and avoid sharing the title after playing to a 0-0 tie in the Group III championship last season against Northern Highlands and being declared co-champions.
Wall finished its season with a record of 24-1-2.
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