Joshua slips past Mansfield Legacy to advances

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Twice Joshua’s season teetered on the brink but was rescued by late heroics in a 2-1 overtime victory against Mansfield Legacy in a Class 4A Region I bi-district match at R.L. Anderson Stadium on Tuesday.

Trailing 1-0 with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation, Sky Plummer received a pass to her feet inside the Legacy area. She turned and struck a low skidding shot that sneaked just inside the right post to level the score at 1-1.

With five minutes remaining in the final overtime session, the Broncos were awarded a penalty kick when Peyton McGee was brought down inside the area. Nevin Rodriguez stepped to the spot, but Joshua keeper Mackenzie Anderson moved to her left and made the save.

The Owls quickly countered and Hayley Rohleder took a long run down the right side before firing across her body and into the upper left corner for a 2-1 Joshua lead.

“Honestly, I was planning they weren’t going to score that [penalty kick],” Rohleder said. “We were ready for that. We were ready to counter. I thought there was going to be something there.”

Legacy opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Danielle Hightower played a long free kick into the Joshua area and it fell to the feet of McGee, who was able to slide it just past a sprawling Anderson for a 1-0 Broncos lead.

The Owls threatened at the end of the first half. Julia Tucker made a lengthy run down the ride side before trying a tight-angle shot that Legacy keeper Casey McKean pushed wide to be safe. On the ensuing corner kick, Rohleder sent a header just wide left.

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