Millard North's “other” forward was second to none Thursday night.
Senior attacker Kelsie Walter scored a pair of goals in overtime, lifting the Top 10 No. 2 Mustangs to a 3-1 victory over eighth-ranked Omaha Westside.
Walter scored goals in each of the two extra sessions, her second and third in two nights. With a good deal of the offensive attention on Nebraska recruit Rachel Brennan up top for Millard North, Walter found room for the game-winner and a cherry on top.
“She's just as fast,” Millard North coach John Walsh said of Walter. “Obviously people are going to key on No. 23 (Brennan). We have other people that are making runs and making plays.”
Walter's first goal, less than three minutes into extra time, came on a left-foot across the body shot that beat Westside's keeper to the far side and trickled into the front few inches of the right side of the goal.
She tacked on another in a similar fashion 30 seconds into the second overtime.
That came after Millard North keeper Kylynn Moyer made a pair of solid saves in the final two minutes of regulation.
“I thought just before overtime we had a bit of a lapse,” Walsh said. “But we scratched and got in good positions and we finished. When you finish it hides all your warts.”
Westside scored the lone goal of the first half when forward Michelle Xiao converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute.
The Mustangs answered on a header from Holly Hild off of a corner kick just over five minutes into the second half, making up for the penalty whistled on Hild to give the Warriors the penalty kick.
Westside coach Nathan Moseley said his team was eager to get back on the field after a loss to Lincoln Pius X on Tuesday night.
“We just didn't play well that night,” Moseley said. “I don't think that was the case tonight. We played with them for 100 minutes.”
Omaha Westside (1-2) ........................... 1 0 0 0—1
Millard North (4-0) ........................... 0 1 1 1—3
Goals: OW, Michelle Xiao; MN, Holly Hild, Kelsie Walter 2.
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