For the second straight year, the Sandpoint/Bishop Kelly showdown for the 4A State girls soccer championship was full of drama.
Sandpoint (7-9-5) tied the match with a goal from junior forward Meghan Pagano during late stoppage time before Bishop Kelly got a goal 2 minutes into overtime Saturday afternoon as the Knights topped the Bulldogs 3-2 at Middleton High School.
Bishop Kelly edged Sandpoint 3-2 on penalty kicks last year in the state final.
The win preserved an unbeaten season for the Knights (22-0-0) and extended BK’s winning streak to 44. The Knights’ last loss came in a state opener against Sandpoint in 2009. The final score then was Sandpoint 3-2 in overtime. The Bulldogs went on to capture the state title that year.
Celia Harrington knocked in the winning goal from 18 yards out.
BK dominated most of the match, including much of the second half, until Pagano scored the equalizer.
Ellie Engel scored Sandpoint’s first goal in the eighth minute.
5A boys: Shots were few and far between for Post Falls and Lake City.
In the match for third, Mountain View of Meridian blanked Post Falls 1-0 at Eagle High. The Trojans finished the season 17-2-2.
The opportunities were even fewer for Lake City, which fell to Centennial 2-0 for fourth, also at Eagle. The Timberwolves ended the year 10-8-1.
5A girls: Lewiston couldn’t muster any offense, falling to Mountain View 2-0 in the match for fourth at Meridian High.
4A boys: In its first trip to state in school history, Lakeland earned a trophy.
The Hawks (13-5-3) topped Preston 4-3 at Caldwell to capture fourth.
Alex Opland scored the winning goal on a penalty kick 3 minutes into the second half. Teammate Colton Grytness had two goals and an assist.
Preston opened a 2-0 lead, but Lakeland scored three goals in the final 5 minutes of the first half.
3A girls: Marsh Valley edged Timberlake 2-1 in double overtime in the match for fourth at Vallivue High in Caldwell.
Timberlake senior goalie Tina Holtz had 14 saves. Timberlake ends the season 9-9-2.