HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Sacred Heart girls won the 1A/2A/3A girls soccer state championship over South Pontotoc 1-0 on a goal from 7th grader Olivia Ware in the second sudden death overtime period.
The game was scoreless after regulation and entered sudden death after two 10 minute scoreless periods of overtime. With just about a minute left to play until a shootout would determine the winner, Ware broke through the defense and scored the game winner. "Olivia just pushed through about three defenders and shot that goal in with, what, a minute left. I probably about broke her ribs I hugged her so hard," junior forward Mary Margaret Parker said after the win.
Head coach Joe Falla, Sr. added, "That's a seventh grader, playing on varsity, for the state championship. That's another thing that is so big you just can't imagine. She will live forever with that goal right there."
Falla was ecstatic after the win, his third state championship in the last four years with the lady Crusaders, and he said the hard work all year has paid off bringing the gold ball back to Hattiesburg. "This right here is what we work for work all the way from September to today. This is it right here. We are the champions. We are number one."
This is the Lady Crusaders third state championship in school history (2013,2014), and they finish the season 14-3-4.