Bristol gets by Maplewood in 2OT

Bristol's Rachel Goodridge handles the ball as teammate Brittany Dodds looks on.

Bristol's Rachel Goodridge handles the ball as teammate Brittany Dodds looks on.

BRISTOLVILLE — Brenna Rimer’s game-winning goal in double overtime lifted the No. 8-seeded Bristol Panthers past the No. 10-seeded Maplewood Rockets, 3-2, in a Division III Kent District first-round girls soccer game.

The Panthers will play at No. 1 Champion Thursday, 7 p.m.

“Oh gosh, I was just happy it’s over,” Rimer said about the game-winning goal, laughing. “I’m looking forward to Thursday (against Champion) now.”

In the early going, it was Maplewood who took control, as they scored less than three minutes into the match.

Paige Mancini kicked a shot that deflected off of Bristol goalie Jasmine Hickey and went in for the early score, quickly putting the Rockets up 1-0. The Panthers then began to take control of the ball, but missed on several shots on goal.

Bristol's Carley Barnett fights for the ball against Maplewood's Naia Arenaza tries to defend.

Bristol's Carley Barnett fights for the ball against Maplewood's Naia Arenaza tries to defend.

Eventually, Rimer made her first of two goals, as a long pass from Ariel Kimak went to Rimer and bounced off of Rimer’s knee and in past the goalie, tying the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Maplewood found themselves back in the lead early in the second half.

Hannah Letcher’s shot deflected off of a Bristol defender who kicked the ball before it could cross the goal line, but Letcher intercepted it and knocked it in for a 2-1 Rocket lead.

Bristol, however, responded once again.

Kimak’s medium-range shot from the far-right side found its way to the left side of the net for the game-tying goal with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.

Maplewood's Isabella Kellar throws the ball as Bristol's Rachel Goodridge looks on.

Maplewood's Isabella Kellar throws the ball as Bristol's Rachel Goodridge looks on.

“The first half, I don’t think we played all that well,” Bristol coach Barb Cibella said. “(The) second half, we possessed the ball so much better. The first half, I was really starting to worry. We weren’t possessing the ball like we needed to.”

Bristol was able to put it away after a scoreless extra session with Rimer’s game-winner in double overtime as she knocked the ball in front of the goalie off of a Carley Barnett pass.

When asked about the game-winning goal, Cibella turned to Rimer and asked, “What was my advice to you?”

Cibella answered her own question by saying, “Turn left. She (Rimer) turns right every time and I said, ‘Brenna turn left and you’ll get it,’ and she did.”

For Maplewood (3-15), it found themselves playing the same 11 girls every game, as depth was an obvious issue for them this year.

Bristol's Kayla Sloan fights for the ball.

Bristol's Kayla Sloan fights for the ball.

Rockets coach Adrienne Candiotti said she hope her team is looking forward to the 2017 season.

“Hopefully all of them (Maplewood players) return, and (we’ll do) some work in the offseason,” she said.

As for the Panthers (5-10-2), they’ll take on No. 1 Champion Thursday night, which is no easy task. However, Bristol took the Golden Flashes down to the wire in a 1-0 Flashes victory in last year’s district tournament, meaning that the Panthers will carry some confidence with them.

“We’ll take it one day at a time. I’ve got a fast team, we just gotta connect (on shots more). We’re looking forward to it (Champion), it’ll be fun,” Cibella said, smiling.

Bristol's Rachel Goodridge handles the ball as teammate Brittany Dodds looks on.

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