The Watertown-Mayer girls’ soccer team knew overtime might be a possibility in last Thursday night’s game against Rockford. That’s why they spent a portion of practice the day before going over a potential overtime scenario.
The move paid off in a big way when the game did in fact go to overtime. In a game tied 1-1 after regulation, Katie Heilman delivered the game winner just 2:23 in to the extra period to give the Royals the win.
Watertown-Mayer coach Lindsey Rague said that in their practice overtime session, her only rule was that the team had to find a way to win the game within the first two and a half minutes. They accomplished the feat successfully in practice, and they did it again in the game with Heilman’s quick strike.
“It’s definitely rewarding to see them carry what they are learning in practice onto the playing field,” Rague said. “That was a great win for us, because as a program, we’ve never beaten them before.”
The Royals were also back in action on Saturday, when they took on Glencoe-Silver Lake, another school trying to build up its soccer program. The Royals won this game as well, 2-0.
“(GSL) is a club that is going through the same growing pains we are and has experienced similar ups and downs,” Rague said. “We didn’t really play our best, but we did enough to get the job done and sometimes that’s all you can really ask for. It’s nice to know that even when we have a few key girls having a bad game, we can still do enough to get by.”
With the two wins, the Royals have won six in a row and eight of their last nine since an 0-3 start to the season. The Royals are now 8-4 overall, the best record in school history.
The Royals were also in action Tuesday against PACT, and will return to the home field Thursday, Oct. 4, for a 5 p.m. home game against Mayer Lutheran. The Royals also play Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., when they host Brainerd.