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.