ONEONTA — Lexi Dubois made up for lost time in a big way Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
Freshman Dubois took her game to a higher level with 2 minutes, 7 seconds left in the Delaware League girls soccer championship game, heading in a corner kick from Tori Rockefeller that helped South Kortright to a 2-2 tie against Davenport.
“I kind of played bad until that,” a teary-eyed Dubois said after outjumping everyone to score the goal that produced the fifth straight tie in the DL crossover. “We just couldn’t finish, I guess. ... But I got open and got a head on it.”
Dubois’ header came off a booming corner kick from Tori Rockefeller and barley beat Davenport goalie Jayra Blanton inside the near post. It also came 3:15 after Sarah Haight gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead, prompting SK coach Josh Burroughs to shoot these words through the cool wind: “You can hang your heads now or you can play the last five minutes.”
Although Dubois came through, her puffy eyes and short breaths indicated she was far from satisfied with the deadlock.
“As exciting as that second goal was, I think she was thinking about her whole game overall and I don’t think she played up to how she wanted to play today,” said Burroughs, whose team closed its regular season with a 4-0 thumping of Davenport on Oct. 11. “As a whole, we all could have played a little better.”
The statistics indicated the Rams did pretty well, though, as they finished with advantages of 13-5 in shots and 12-2 in corner kicks.
South Kortright (13-2-1) also struck first, with Kaitlyn Stinson converting a pass from Shianne Coss late in the first half. Stinson drove to the right corner and lined a virtually angle-less shot inside the top corner of the far post — lifting a defender and Blanton off the ground on block attempts as it passed overhead — to give SK a 1-0 lead with 10:28 left in the opening half.