By Chuck Reherman
EDMOND – With just under three minutes remaining in the match, Yukon was staring at a second district loss.
But, the Millerettes dug down and found some last minute magic that put them in control of their own destiny.
Myka Heimback scored with just over a minute remaining and Katelynn Fair’s goal 46 seconds into overtime lifted the Millerettes to a 3-2 win over Edmond North in a key district 6A-1 match at Edmond Santa Fe.
The Millerettes, 9-2 overall, improved to 3-1 in the disrict and sit in second place one game ahead of Choctaw and Westmoore for that second host spot in the regionals.
The Millerettes had found themselves down 2-0 after the first 40 minutes, but despite having to play a tough match the night before (YHS beat Putnam City North 3-2 in a make-up match) found that extra effort in the second half to make the comeback.
The Millerettes had come back from that 2-0 deficit to score in the 57th minute on a shot from Heimbach to come within a goal.
But, the Millerettes struggled to get another goal in the next and at the 77th minute mark, looked like the team was going to come up short.
But, Heimbach took a long pass, beat her defender and as the goal keeper came out for the block, pushed the ball past her for the scored with 1:32 remaining in the match.
Heimbach had a chance to win the contest in regulation time when she got a second breakaway. But, she cut back to the middle and was cut off by a defender, who took her off the ball with just under 30 seconds left.
In overtime, the Millerettes got the kickoff, worked the ball down the field and Asley Baker fired a crossing pass to Fair, who quickly lined up her shot and sent it past the keeper to the far corner.
“All I could think about was hit it in, hit it in, hit it in,” Fair said about her game winning goal. “I knew when Asley kicked the ball that it was coming to me. I got a good look at the goal.
“I usually don’t look up, but that time I looked up,” she said. “The keeper was in the middle and I knew where to put it. I knew after I shot it that is was going in.”
Fair, who had not logged many playing minutes in the last few matches, made the most of her time of the field Tuesday night.
“This is what I had been working for, to show him (coach Steve Scott) that I can play,” she said. “And, I think tonight proved it.”
Heimbach, the team’s leading scorer, knew she had a heavy load on her shoulders the last 10 minutes of the match to get the team into a scoring and game tying position.
And, she delivered.
“I just wanted to give everything I had to win for us, we really needed it,” Heimbach said. “I get really nervous when I have a chance like that and think to look for the corners and not shoot at the goalie. I try to shoot around the goalie and tried to pick the best spot when she came out, because I shot too many at her earlier.
“In that second attempt, I hesitated too much,” she said. “I am really indecisive sometimes and I should have shot it, but I held on to it too long.
It feels amazing to get this win especially after we got down 2-0, but I am just so proud of the team for working together anf giving is all we had to win.”
North had taken the lead six minutes into the match and scored again at the 27th minute mark to look like the Lady Huskies would take control.
Heimbach did get the Millerettes back in the match at the 57th minute mark with a goal.
“Katelynn has not played much the last three or for games, but she got our opportunity and won the game for us,” Scott said. “Asley had the cross and Katelynn just crushed it in the back door.
“We told the girls that no one was going to stop this game but us,” he said. ‘I said don’t give them an option, put the ball in net and end the game. We went with the group that just got us back into it and they came out with high energy and it was just awesome to see that happen. Especially foe Katelynn, she stuck with it and seized the moment.
“We thought they played well the whole game, even when we were down by two goals we weren’t disappointed. We knew we just had to dig ourselves out a little at a time.”
The Millerettes host US Grant on Tuesday and close the regular season Friday at home against Westmoore.”
By Chuck Reherman