EDMOND — Karla Cabello and Putnam City North booted Edmond Memorial from the state playoffs Tuesday night in one of the most incredible endings ever to a high school soccer game.
Cabello stunned the Bulldogs by scoring goals on two free kicks from midfield in the final two minutes of the game as PC North upset Edmond Memorial, 4-3, in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
“Karla is the best ball striker I know,” Putnam City North coach Jake Kurey said. “In 6A soccer, no one hits the ball like her.”
Cabello's kick with 1:52 left in the game sailed over the Edmond Memorial defense and the outstretched arms of goalie Carly Caplinger. It fell into the top of the net just under the crossbar to tie the game 3-3.
Then just 43 seconds later, Edmond Memorial was called for another foul in the middle of the field. Cabello again received a free kick from the same spot on the field with the same result.
“Two shots from 60 yards out,” Kurey said. “I am at a loss for words.”
Edmond Memorial was stunned, but the Bulldogs still almost tied the game in the final seconds.
With just seven seconds left, Edmond Memorial had a corner kick that resulted in a wild rugby scrum for the ball in front of the Panthers net.
PC North goalie Alyssa Rogers made two saves as one shot hit off the crossbar. She ended up clutching the ball at the bottom of a 10-player pile in front of the goal as time expired.
“The official said it (the ball) was about a yard short the whole time. He said it never got in,” Edmond Memorial coach Randy Bohuslavicky said. “We were thinking it did. We were just hoping.”
Bohuslavicky called it the most heartbreaking loss he's ever experienced.
“Absolutely the worst,” he said.
Senior Lisa Robinson scored twice for Edmond Memorial, including her second goal with eight minutes remaining which gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.
“She did everything she could to win the game,” Bohuslavicky said of Robinson, who will play for the University of Oklahoma next season.
Robinson scored her second goal immediately after Rogers had to be pulled from the game. She was injured after hitting her head on the pole while diving to make a save.
Rogers returned to the net for the final three minutes of the game.
“She played the best game she ever played,” Kurey said of Rogers. “She made some unbelievable saves.”
Edmond Memorial led 2-0 at halftime on goals by freshman Annabeth Fouts and Robinson.
Courtney Nixon scored two goals for PC North in the second half to tie the game at 2-2, setting up the incredible finish.
Cabello was the hero despite having the stomach flu earlier in the day. She vomited on the bus heading to Edmond Memorial High School then threw up again on the field before the game.
Still, the junior played the entire 80 minutes of the contest.
Cabello has scored from that distance before on free kicks, but never two consecutive times before Tuesday night.
“I knew I had to hit it perfect,” she said. “I just hit it as hard as I could. I knew I could do it.”
PC North also defeated Edmond Memorial 3-2 earlier this season in the Bronco Cup on a goal in the final 30 seconds.
“It's more exciting this way,” Cabello said. “It's just crazy to beat them twice after they knocked us out of the first round last year.”
PC North, 10-4, advances to meet Edmond North in the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. The Huskies defeated Bishop McGuinness, 2-0.
Edmond Memorial finishes its season at 11-3.
“We thought we could make a long run,” Bohuslavicky said. “I just hate it for our seniors.”