Alyssa Scholl was face-to-face with one of the more talented goal scorers in the area nine minutes into overtime.

Alyssa Scholl was face-to-face with one of the more talented goal scorers in the area nine minutes into overtime.

Scholl, a sophomore goalkeeper at Blue Springs, encountered Raytown junior forward Jessica Herrman on a one-on-onebreakaway in the 89th minute of the Wildcats’ 1-0 overtime loss Monday at Blue Springs, and couldn’t stop Hermann’s shot that ended the contest.

The play was similar to one in the 19th minute when Scholl stopped the Blue Jays’ up-and-coming striker cold.

That diving save was a perfect combination of form and timing, which Scholl followed by taking the ball off the foot of the  Blue Jays’ Melanie Southworth, who was there at the side of the Wildcats goal in an attempt to clean up
Herrman’s miss.

The overtime goal with 17.8 seconds left on the clock was the one that got away in a game that saw Scholl collect nine saves.

“It was kind of a breakdown on defense, but I knew she came down and I knew that I’d seen her before,” Scholl said. “I know that you can’t save every single one of them that comes by, but I was hoping I could get her. I knew I wasn’t. I was kind of upset, but hey, it happens.”

Scholl, in her first year as starter after taking over for graduated senior Nikki Goad, made another diving save in the 34th minute on Herrman, who had outmaneuvered a pair of Blue Springs defenders and let loose a strike with her left foot.

“I didn’t think she was going to be able to get down like that,” Herrman said. “But she was getting down, and she was moving quick. I didn’t think that, but she was good.”

Scholl was not without much-earned luck. Twice the Blue Jays sent spiraling shots over Scholl’s head and off the crossbar on top of the goal. Another Raytown scoring attempt in the 69th minute missed wide left and Scholl made another crucial save in the 71st minute.

The Blue Jays didn’t crack Scholl or the Wildcats defense until nine minutes into overtime on the goal by Herrman.

“She’s really fast,” Scholl said of Herrman. “She’s really aggressive. She’s a great player. It felt great to save the ball (in the 19th minute), and I knew she was kind of upset and she was coming for revenge.”

Just four games into the season Scholl has emerged as a solid goalkeeper for a young Wildcats team that is 0-4 out of the gate.

“Our keeper had a great game tonight,” Wildcats coach Doug McLagan said. “I thought (sophomore defender) Elena (Chavez) had a good game tonight and I thought (sophomore) Brittany Aubuchon had a great game, too. That’s just to pick out three, but I could probably pick out seven or eight players tonight.”

Playing without Examiner All-Area defender Bailey Hensley and 13 players total, Blue Springs was game from the start against a Raytown team that includes four All-Suburban Middle Six performers from last season in first-team forward Remmi Mays, second teamers Herrman and Jessica Vickers, a defender, and honorable mention keeper Kelsey Barrett.

The Wildcats went into the second half in a scoreless tie for the second game in a row. Much like in a 3-0 loss Thursday to Lee’s Summit West, the Wildcats couldn’t put a shot in the net.

The major difference against Raytown was the several attempts the Wildcats had on goal, which was two their last game out against the Titans and 21 against the Blue Jays.

“I thought we played terrific, especially in the first half,” McLagan said. “We possessed the ball. We knocked it around, and we created several good chances. We had a couple of really good ones in the first half, and you never know how the game goes after that. We didn’t finish, but I was very, very happy.”