When fourth-ranked Mount Hebron scored the go-ahead goal with 10.6 seconds left in overtime, Marriotts Ridge senior Zoe Stukenberg thought her team had lost. When the No. 5 Mustangs beat the buzzer with a game-tying goal, Stukenberg knew Marriotts Ridge had some help from the heavens.
“With two seconds left, we kind of, you know, said a prayer and said, you know what? I believe,” Stukenberg said moments after the Mustangs pulled out a thrilling 13-12, quadruple-overtime win. “That was the big man upstairs. . . . That was luck. That was a lot of hard work and a lot of luck.”
“Was that unbelievable or what?” she added through a breathless smile.
After trailing by three midway through the second half, the game’s waning moments belonged to Marriotts Ridge (11-0, 9-0 Howard County) — specifically Stukenberg. It was the senior attacker who scored the tying goal off a free position restart with just more than a minute left in the second half.