Soccer: Sahr, Solo spark Thunder past Flyers 3-2 in OT

Amanda Sahr delivered an overtime goal, after just missing in the final minute of regulation, and made a key overtime block as the Zimmerman Thunder beat Little Falls 3-2 on Thursday on the Flyers’ field.

Brooke Salo scored twice as the Thunder rallied from a 2-0 deficit and improved to 3-2 in conference, 3-5 overall. In all three wins, they’ve had three goals.

In the 79th minute, Sahr fought through the Flyer defense and had a clear shot but  it went wide, but just 13 seconds into overtime, she juked past a defender, took a crossing pass from Hailey Artmann and drilled it past the goalkeeper.

The rest of two five-minute OT’s were scoreless as the Thunder intercepted passes and sent them out of play, content to give up field position and now allow good scoring opportunities. On a free kick, a Flyer sent a perfectly-struck shot at the net but Salo lunged to tip it away. Backup goalie Abbie Canton shut down everything the box in the second of two OT session.

Little Falls (0-4 conference, 0-6-1 overall) scored in the 10th minute when Rachelle LeBlanc, working in a crowd on a corner kick, had just enough space to get the shot past  Thunder keeper Justine Charles, who lost the ball in the sun. The hosts made it 2-0 when Chelsea Moran scored on a breakaway in the 25th minute.

“During the break, we revisited our mission and discussed the roles of the positions,” said coach Jeff Downing. “The second half seemed to slow down and enabled ball control to come into play for us.”

Early attacks  caused Flyer defenders to tens up and foul, with Salo, sophomore captain, connecting on a free kick from 30 yards in the 42nd minute. Salo scored again in the 49th minute when Sahr laid a spot-on pass to her.

The Thunder will host section rival Eveleth-Gilbert on Saturday, 11:30 a.m., on Youth Day.