It's not often a soccer player checks the clock during play, but Hilton Head Prep's Chris Cardamone knew he didn't have much time. So with the ball in his possession, he glanced up at the scoreboard to see he had less than five seconds to make something happen that would prolong the game.
He finished with time to spare.
Cardamone sent a game-tying score flying toward the back of the net in overtime, and the Dolphins defeated Hilton Head Christian 4-3, winning 5-4 in a shootout to sweep the season series. The Dolphins also won the previous meeting in penalty kicks.
"I turned and saw just three or four seconds left, so I just turned back and kicked," Cardamone said. "Probably a little lucky, I guess."
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Destiny certainly appeared to be on the side of the Dolphins, who came from behind three times to earn an improbable victory.
Prep led 1-0 at halftime, but the Eagles scored back-to-back goals in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Eric Farr and Luke Fuller both finished off crossing passes for scores. Fuller's came with just seven minutes left in the game.
"We were a lot more patient with our offense in the second half, and it paid off with a couple nice goals," Eagles coach Joe Short said.
In a sign of things to come, though, Prep answered with its back against the wall. Dylan Clark beat Eagles fill-in keeper Ryan Emery with three minutes remaining to send the game to overtime. Emery made nine saves.
The Eagles dominated the two five-minute overtime periods and cashed in when Josh Mousseau slipped into the goalie box to put away a potential game-winning goal, but Cardamone halted the Eagles' celebration with his goal two minutes later to send the game to penalty kicks.
The Eagles led throughout shootout -- and had one chance to clinch the game -- but Prep goalie Tim Ochsner stoned back-to-back kicks to set up a game-winning goal from Campbell Goss.
"The last time we played these guys, it went to penalty kicks, so I kind of had a feeling it would tonight," said Ochsner, who made nine saves. "It was a lot of guesswork, but I did use some stuff I saw the first time."
Goals: HHCA -- Eric Farr, Luke Fuller, Josh Mousseau; Prep -- Chris Cardamone, Dylan Clark, Marvin Rodrigues.
Hilton Head Prep girls 4, Hilton Head Christian 2
Hilton Head Prep's girls squad set the comeback tone in the opener of the night, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win.
Kathleen Blum scored a hat trick to lead the Dolphins (10-2, 9-2 SCISAA Region 3-AAA) to the come-from-behind victory. Halie Parker added another goal.
The Eagles led 2-0 in the first 20 minutes. Blum scored to cut the halftime deficit to one, and the Dolphins dominated the second half to finish with four unanswered goals.
"After six years on this team, and as the captain, I knew I needed to make some plays," Blum said. "... I couldn't do it by myself. We all came together and did all the things we needed for a win."
Jessica Day and Addy Bensch scored for the Eagles.
Prep hosts Ashley Hall at 11 a.m. Saturday and can clinch the second seed in the region with a win.
Goals: HHCA -- Jessica Day, Addy Bensch; Prep -- Kathleen Blum (3), Halie Parker 1.