North Island Secondary forward Kim Cardwell gets off a pass with her forehead during her team's game with Port Hardy Secondary last week at NISS.

North Island Secondary forward Kim Cardwell gets off a pass with her forehead during her team's game with Port Hardy Secondary last week at NISS.

Last minute goal wins tight game

PORT McNEILL—Sarrah Moore didn’t get all of the ball, but she still got the goal that counted.

PORT McNEILL—Sarrah Moore didn’t get all of the ball, but she still got the goal that counted.

Moore squibbed a 20-yard shot past Port Hardy goalkeeper Kurrah Hill in the 59th minute to snap a 1-1 tie and help North Island Secondary School to a 2-1 senior girls A soccer victory over the Whalers at NISS last Wednesday.

The matchup was a friendly game, and came the week after both teams traveled to Duncan to compete in a tournament there.

Jesse Ehlert gave NISS a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute, converting a corner kick from 15 yards after the ball was deflected to her by a defender and a teammate scrapping for possession.

That lead held up through halftime, but PHSS struck early in the second to tie the score.

Danielle Dawson, shooting from the same spot where Ehlert’s kick originated, lofted a high ball just under the crossbar.

Tying goal

NISS keeper Kaileigh Wilson was able to get a hand on the ball, but it bounced over the goal line for the tying score in the 44th minute.

Both teams had several chances the rest of the way, with Hill and Wilson both making key saves to prevent scores.

NISS finally got the winner when Moore took a crossing pass from deep on the wing and loaded up for a big boot from straight in front of the net. She mis-hit the ball, causing it to skip through traffic in the penalty box before it took a late hop over Hill’s outstretched arms.