DALLAS -- Wyoming Area remembered the one-sided loss it suffered at Dallas last month.
The Warriors remembered their season ending against the Mountaineers last season in the playoffs. And the year before that.
Wyoming Area exacted some revenge Tuesday, as freshman Bree Bednarski scored 80 seconds into overtime to give the Warriors a 4-3 upset of Dallas in a District 2 Class 2A field hockey quarterfinal.
It feels so good, Warriors senior Lexi Coolbaugh said. We've lost to them the last five times we played them. We lost to them last year in the playoffs. And Serra (Degnan) got carded last year. It's good to finally get them back.
The Warriors (7-8), the No. 5 seed, will play No. 1 seed Crestwood on Thursday with a state tournament berth on the line. Fourth-seeded Dallas sees its season end with a 12-5 mark.
Wyoming Area overcame plenty of obstacles on its way to victory. The Warriors were shorthanded for five minutes, opening the door for two power-play goals by Dallas to tie the game at 3 with 18 minutes left. They lost goalie Christina Granteed to a right leg injury with 16 minutes remaining. And they killed off a 10-minute shorthanded situation down the stretch.
It was very important to get that first goal, Warriors coach Lunda Comiskey said. Looking back, we were 7-1 this season when putting the ball in the cage first. I let them know that stat before the game.
Coolbaugh scored on the game's first shot, tucking a shot stick-side on a play started by Serra Degnan and played ahead by Lindsay Carey. The lead lasted almost 14 minutes before Dallas' Jenny Cave pounced on a rebound of a Katy Comitz shot to tie the game.
The Mountaineers made things one-sided, holding a 12-3 edge in penalty corners in the first half. But the scoreboard tilted in the other direction, as Wyoming Area scored two late goals. A corner combination play with Abby Schwerdtman, Carey, Coolbaugh and finally Bednarski setting up Degnan. Two minutes later, Degnan drew goalie Lily Amadio away from the cage before diving and punching the ball across to Bednarski for a 3-1 lead.
I think it took us a little longer to settle in, Dallas coach Kylie Rosengrant said. We were flat the whole first half. This was the first varsity (playoff) experience for a lot of our players ...
They had a nice breakaway in the overtime to win.
After a yellow card, Dallas' Vanessa Parsons connected on a spinning shot and Cave tipped a free hit by Michelle Thompson over Granteed to tie the game at 3. And on the Mountaineers' next offensive possession, Granteed was injured.
Into the goal stepped Coolbaugh, the Warriors' goalie for the first six games of the season. Without a warm-up, and having left the game during the first half when she was struck in the head by a stick, Coolbaugh had four saves, including one in overtime on a Comitz tip of a Parsons shot.
As soon as Christina got hurt, I knew I was going in, Coolbaugh said. I knew I had to attack the ball against them. I got the best of both worlds today, scoring a goal and playing goal.
Sally Deluca had a defensive save for Wyoming Area.
First half: 1. WA, Lexi Coolbaugh (Gianna Gennets), 28:55; 2. DAL, Jenny Cave, 15:08; 3. WA, Serra Degnan (Bree Bednarski), 8:20; 4. WA, Bednarski (Degnan), 6:31.
Second half: 5. DAL, Vanessa Parsons (Michelle Thompson), 20:58; 6. DAL, Cave (Thompson), 18:16. Overtime: 7. WA, Bednarski (Degnan), 13:40.
Shots: WA 9, DAL 12; Saves: WA 8 (Christina Granteed 4, Coolbaugh 4), DAL 4 (Lily Amadio); Corners: WA 5, DAL 19.