The Bishop Carroll girls had battled. They fought for most of the game to break through against Northwest's defense and just when they did, it was gone like that.
After 66 minutes of being scoreless, Northwest answered three minutes after Carroll's only goal. But neither team could get another as Northwest and Carroll played to a 1-1 tie after two overtimes at Northwest.
"Disappointing, I really thought we played a good game," Bishop Carroll coach John Barber said. "We let one slip in after our goal and there's always that danger that you let down and you can't let down against the good teams. That's what we're learning this year."
Neither Carroll or Northwest had a real fluid, productive offensive strike until Alyssia Salinas scored Carroll's only goal with 13:15 left in the second half. Salinas settled down in the middle of the field about 20 yards away and fired a shot.
It looked like Salinas' goal gave Carroll the momentum, but Barber knew how quickly it could turn.
"The girls don't realize how quickly the tide can turn, especially in emotional games," Barber said. "You have to guard against the quick strike and I couldn't quite get their attention."
And it was over like that for Carroll and all it took was just a bounce Northwest's way. A Northwest free kick went wide of the goal but Northwest's Sydney Andrews gathered it, put it back to the center and there was Kelsey Tracy to tie it with 10 minutes to go. It's only the second game that Carroll goalie Keighton Allen has allowed a goal all season.
"We got the lucky bounce," Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. "It was a lucky bounce, it came to Kelsey and she placed it in there, but that's the kind of game it was."
Carroll (7-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 City League) hit the crossbar on a shot, Northwest missed on a breakaway, but for Bribiesca the turnovers and mistakes almost cost Northwest (5-5, 4-0-1).
"Disappointing, it was a game of mistakes and if we made any more we would have lost this game," Bribiesca said. "We made one on their goal too, it was just a game of mistakes."
For Carroll, which has only lost to Kapaun, a tie didn't stop the early-season momentum.
"It's the second half of the season, we didn't start it with a loss, but I really wanted to start it with a win," Barber said.
Carroll0 1 0 0 — 1 Northwest0 1 0 0 — 1
Second half—Carroll, Salinas (Rogers); Northwest, Tracy (Andrews).. Shots— Carroll, 4-5-0-0--9; Northwest, 4-5-0-1--10. Saves— Carroll, Allen 4-3-0-1--8; Northwest McCaffrey 3-0-0-0--3.