The Meridian girls' soccer team fell to Burlington-Edison 3-2 on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Meridian High School.
Burlington-Edison scored first in the fifth minute, but Meridian's Karissa Culley answered back in the 38th minute to tie the match. Megan Wilburg put the Tigers ahead with an unassisted goal in the 50th minute, but again, Culley answered back four minutes later with her second goal to bring the match to a 2-2 tie.
"I thought it was a pretty evenly matched game," Meridian coach Andrea Ames said in a phone interview.
Burlington-Edison got the final, game-winning goal from Jackie Smith in the 69th minute to seal the win.
"We just couldn't get that third or fourth goal," Ames said. "I am proud of them battling. ... We were down two different times and came back."
Despite giving up three goals, Meridian keeper Sydney Gospodinovich had 10 saves and garnered significant praise from Burlington-Edison's coach following the match.
"He came up to me and said, 'Wow, I thought I had seen good goalkeepers,'" Ames said of the conversation the two had following the match. "She played great, and we didn't make her job easy."
BURLINGTON-EDISON 3, MERIDIAN 2
Goal: Alyssa S. (B-E), assist NA: time: 5:00; Goal: Karissa Culley (Meridian), assist Janessa Murphy: time: 38:00; Goal: Megan Wilburg (B-E), assist NA: time: 50:00; Goal: Karissa Culley (Meridian), assist NA: time: 54:00; Goal: Jacki Smith (B-E), assist Evie Breckenridge: time: 69:00. Shots on goal: B-E 12; Meridian 7. Goalies (saves) B-E: Kioko Soneda (5); Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich (10).