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Crawley set up the eventual game-winning goal when he drew a foul on Mater Dei senior Sam Goad in the penalty area with 7.3 seconds left in the first seven-minute overtime. As a result, the referees granted Crawley a penalty kick.
Crawley lined up the ball on the PK and knocked it into the upper right corner of the goal past Wildcat keeper Jered Schenk, giving the Pioneers the 3-2 advantage.
“I was just thinking about putting the ball where I’ve practiced it. I played the ball with some pace,” Crawley said about converting the PK.
Rogers had lots of confidence the PK would go in because it was Crawley, the Pioneers’ leading scorer and one of his captains.
“Once he got fouled, I knew it was a goal,” Rogers said. “We just had to hold on.”
Mater Dei (11-8-3) got two free kicks at the goal in the second overtime period by seniors Joe Hayden and Brennan Murphy. But Providence’s defensive wall blocked each shot to secure the one-goal lead. The Pioneers also kept their advantage in the second OT by spreading the field and keeping the ball away from Wildcat defenders.
Another critical goal for the Pioneers happened in the closing minutes of the opening half. After senior Austin Hoefling put Mater Dei up 2-1 in the game’s 33rd minute, Hollkamp tied the game at two with 3:33 left in the half. Hollkamp evaded several Mater Dei defenders and kicked the ball past Schenk into the right corner of the goal.
Hollkamp’s score gave the Pioneers a huge momentum boost that they sustained for the rest of the contest.
“We knew if we took care of the ball, we were in this one,” Rogers said about his team’s mindset after Hollkamp’s goal. “We definitely felt like the underdog entering this game. I’m 100 percent impressed with my boys. They played tough.”
Crawley scored the Pioneers’ first goal at the 32:56 mark of the game from 15 yards on the left side, deadlocking the game at one.
Mater Dei outshot Providence on goal, 20-16. Wiles had another solid postseason game with 10 saves.
Covenant Christian defeated 17th-ranked Greensburg in the first semistate semifinal, 3-0.