Evyn Magenbauer scored in the final 30 seconds of overtime to give Salem a 1-0 win over the Knights in a girls’ soccer game at Cave Spring Monday.
Salem dominated the game, but the Knights hung tough. The Spartans outshot Cave Spring, 40-4, and forced the Knights’ keeper to make 17 saves. However, Salem was 30 seconds away from settling for a tie when Ellie look drove a ball near the post. Magenbauer shot it off the keeper and into the net and the Spartans got out of Roanoke County with a win.
“That would have been disappointing if we had tied,” said Salem coach Josh Jones. “I’m just glad that last shot went in.”
Salem is now 9-1-2 on the season. The Spartans battled to a tie in Blacksburg last Friday, coming from behind late to knot the game at 2-2.
Blacksburg scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the game to take an early lead. It stood at 2-0 until six minutes left in regulation when Lily Barnes scored off an assistant from Magenbauer. Then Salem was awarded a penalty kick with about a minute to go and Mallory Edwards converted to pull out the tie.
The rematch should be a good one, and that will be tonight at Spartan Field at 7 pm. Then Salem is at Carroll on Friday for a 6 pm game.