NORTH ANSON — Samantha Bruce scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the first overtime Monday afternoon, leading Madison to a 2-1 girls Mountain Valley Conference soccer win over Carrabec.

With time running out in the first overtime period, Madison’s Cristie Vicneire sent a ball across the mouth of the Carrabec goal. Bruce raced to the ball, tucking it into the left side, just before Cobra keeper Sarah Larlee could grab it with the horn sounding to end the five-minute session.

“When I saw the ball coming towards me, my adrenaline was going hard,” Bruce said. “I was so excited. Carrabec’s goalie was reaching for the ball and I got there just before she did.”

The win pushed Madison (6-7-0) out of the 11th and final playoff spot in Western Maine Class C into 10th. Carrabec (4-8-1) is No. 12.

“If we didn’t win this game, we didn’t have a chance of making the playoffs,” Madison defender Courtney Taylor said. “This was a big win for us.”

After finishing 0-14-0 last season, Carrabec has been drawing plenty of attention with its outstanding, aggressive play. The Cobras roster is loaded with young players who have shown a tremendous amount of growth this season. Carrabec will have one last shot at a possible playoff berth when they travel to Mt. Abram for the final game of the regular season.

“We are young but we play a tough game of soccer,” Carrabec first-year coach Silas Bell said. “We are moving up, our aggressive play and hustle were key in this game.”

Carrabec had an excellent opportunity to take the lead near the end of regulation when Mickayla Willette raced to the left post, taking a pass from Makayla Leeman, and fired a hard shot from five yards at the back post.

Bulldog goalkeeper Savanna Kandiko made a high quality diving save to thwart the Cobras effort.

“I was trying to get to the post and react to her shot,” Kandiko said. “It was a good shot and tough save.”

Skyla Murray gave Carrabec the initial lead, scoring off a corner kick from Leeman at 26:59 of the first half. Six minutes later, Madison’s Vicneire curled in a long ball from outside the penalty area to knot the game at 1-1.

A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the first half and throughout regulation featuring plenty of hard hitting tackles and transition through the middle of the field.

Kandiko finished the game making three saves on eight Carrabec shots while Macy Welch collected four saves in the first half for the Cobras and Larlee snared two in the second half. Madison finished the game with 14 shots.

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