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Knightettes notch first district win in thriller

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The Farmington girls soccer team netted its first district victory in program history after two overtime periods settled nothing against Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

Senior Brittany Gladbach connected in the seventh round of penalty kicks following a Notre Dame miss, and the Knightettes celebrated a grueling 2-1 triumph in a Class 2, District 1 semifinal.

The positive result, which sent Farmington (14-8) into tonight’s title match against top-seeded Perryville, proved especially rewarding for a squad that nearly prevailed in overtime on multiple occasions.

Senior Tayhlor Milfeld beat an incoming keeper with a chance that rolled just inches beyond the far post, and junior Jessica Hicks caught the crossbar with a solid drive in the first extra stanza.

Farmington keeper Haley Roberts later prevented a Notre Dame victory by tipping a dangerous header over the cage, then added another save when each team converted four of their first five penalty kicks.

Taylor Sancegraw battled through two defenders near the edge of the box before drilling a shot into the upper corner, and Farmington struck first during the 28th minute.

Notre Dame answered on its home field early in the second half, as Shelby Dix finished a rebound after the Knightettes failed to clear.

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