Brookfield East sophomore Aubrey Prey got stung by a hornet in the first half of the WIAA regional semifinal game at East on June 2. Then with 13 seconds left in the second overtime, she stung the Wauwatosa West Trojans as the Spartans earned a 3-2 win on June 2
Prey, a 5-foot-7-inch forward, got a deflected ball in front of the goal and drilled a shot over a leaping Marley Eckblad for a 3-2 win, thus avoiding a penalty kick shootout.
'As soon as I saw her (their goalie) looking up, I knew it was over the top of her, and I started thinking 'This is it, this is it,'' Prey said. 'I knew there wasn't going to be any time left.'
Senior co-captain Abby Gregg had no intention of seeing the game go to a shootout.
'We weren't going to let it happen,' she said. 'It's something (shootouts) we work on practice, but it never works. It always comes down to luck or the goalie taking a chance and guessing right.'
As big a goal as Prey's was, Gregg had a momentum-shifting goal with 68 minutes on the clock.
Tosa West, champion of the Woodland Conference, had scored twice on goals by sophomore Emily O'Connell off a pass from senior Gaby Zabala at 57:36 and an unassisted goal by the talented Zabala at 74:04, scoring on a rebound shot East goalkeeper Mia Galang initially stopped.
Gregg, who was having a tough night, making accurate passes and taking good shots but coming up empty, came through big time in the 78th minute.
Taking a ball on the right side of the net, she drilled a shot into the upper left corner to get the Spartans on the board.
'We've had a tendency to get down if the other team scores, and I told myself, 'If we get down, we're going to come back quickly,'' Gregg said. 'I was not going to let this be my last game.'
East struck back quickly, as Gregg hit Prey, who was racing down the middle of the field with a beautiful pass, and she converted the tying goal.
'That's soccer; sometimes there's a drought. It's feast or famine,' East coach Derrick Banks said about the three goals in five minutes.
Banks complimented the Trojans.
'Wauwatosa gave us everything we could handle,' he said. 'Down 2-0, we were hoping to tie it up, and we showed a lot of heart. We were finally able to put enough pressure on them to put some through.'
Banks was also proud of his upfront duo (Gregg/Prey).
'Both girls up top have been working hard together to try and accommodate each other,' he said. 'Assists. We've been high on that. Give each other assists.'
West coach Ryan Bailey added, 'Overtime usually comes down to one special play. They made it, we didn't.'
The Spartans saw their season come to an end on June 4 at Whitefish Bay, losing to the Blue Dukes, 4-2, in a match where they trailed the entire way.
Emma-Kate Stecker scored (Sam Loyda assist) at 18 minutes, 52 seconds, and Gracie Reidl scored (Lilly Jefferson) in the 37th minute for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Mackenzie Nelson scored (Stecker assist) in the 58th minute for a 3-0 lead, but Gregg came back with an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute. Bay added a goal in the 68th minute, and then Ari Banks scored her final career goal (unassisted) in the 76th minute to close out the scoring.