MOORESVILLE — The biggest of rivalries tend to bring out the best in competitors.
And in the girls’ soccer sectional championships between Avon and Brownsburg there was no separation after regulation or through the first 6:39 of overtime.
That is until Bulldog senior Taylor Carter drove a wedge between the familiar foes.
Carter made the difference-making play with 20 seconds remaining in the first half of overtime when she squeezed a ball through the smallest of windows and provided the game-deciding goal for a 1-0 win over Class 2A No. 3-ranked Avon (13-4-2).
“Not going to lie, I was a little panicked seeing the keeper come out knowing her reputation was daunting,” Carter said. “But I figured keep your cool, keep your composure, take a touch and do what I know how to do and place it.”
The goal was possible after Carter chased a pass from Sophie McFarland to just inside the right side of the box. Avon goalie Kelsey Dossey attempted to snatch the ball, but it came loose and Carter took a shot near the goal line. An attempt that she did not think was going to be scored.
“Honestly, I did not (know),” Carter said. “Sometimes I have that feeling when a ball goes off my foot like, ‘Yeah, that’s going in.’ But when I took that shot, I had no idea that it was going in.”
The shot came from a spot that would be similar to a fade away baseline jumper from behind the basket in basketball — an almost impossible position.
“I’m not sure there was an angle,” Carter said. “I was kind of just blindly kicking it and praying to God that He will somehow get it in for me.”
Carter’s kick effectively ended Avon’s season, a season in which the Orioles were ranked in the top of the polls nearly all year.