Varsity Kansas

Heights soccer rallies twice for tie with Maize

To Heights senior forward Selby Polley, the ending of Friday night's game against Maize just didn't seem right.

After 100 minutes of soccer, it still wasn't enough. Maize and Heights played to a 2-2 tie at Heights.

Even though it was the closest Heights has gotten to Maize while Polley has been there, it was hard for her to get too excited about it.

"It's so hard to go 100 minutes and nobody win, but I thought we played really well," Polley said.

Twice, Polley rallied the Falcons immediately following a Maize goal by being just a little bit selfish... but in a good way. She took control.

Polley's first goal, perfectly placed in the top left corner, came 24 seconds after Maize's Miranda Holmes scored 10 minutes into the second half.

Maize's Blair Terry scored on a penalty kick with 10:34 left in the second half, but Polley answered again.

She took the ball at midfield, and dribbled through four Maize defenders on her way to the goal to answer just two minutes after Terry's goal.

"It was a total team effort, big-time team effort, but for (Polley) to do that twice... I'm so proud, I'm amazed," Heights coach Steve Parks said. "She could have folded, the team could have folded and she comes back and puts her team back in the game. I'm so proud of all of these girls."

Both teams had chances to do even more damage but were just inches off.

Polley, who has signed with Baylor, missed a free kick with 25 seconds left that hit the crossbar.

Maize's Kelsey Lyden missed just wide at the end of the first overtime after Heights' Lamya Scott missed her shot wide.

On a cross in the second overtime, Heights was stuffed by Maize's goalkeeper Kaitlyn Black.

Two other balls went off the crossbar in the first half as well.

"It probably could have been a 6-6 or 7-7 type of game, we were just unable to put our chances away," Maize coach Jay Holmes said.

Even though Heights didn't avenge its 1-0 loss to Maize in the semifinals of the Titan Classic, the Falcons know this was a good shot.

"I know we played our hearts out," Heights senior forward Monica McCarthy said. "We've had more time to get it to get her, now we know what to do. We know what we want and just go for it."

Maize0 2 0 0 — 2 Heights0 2 0 0 — 2

Second half—Maize, Holmes (Lyden); Heights, Polley (Albertson); Maize, Terry (pk); Heights, Polley (unassisted). Shots— Maize 5-3-2-0—10; Heights 2-7-1-1—11. Saves— Maize, Black 2-3-1-1—7; Heights, Gresham 3-2-2-0—7.