FLOSSMOOR | As Homewood-Flossmoor coach Pat Duignan put it, Jamila Jenkins was simply in the right place at the right time.
Jenkins stole a wayward Waubonsie Valley pass in sudden-death overtime and threw it home for an 8-7 Vikings win over the Warriors.
Jenkins also scored the game-tying goal with 14 seconds remaining in the second overtime after Waubonsie Valley had taken a one-goal lead after the first overtime period.
"I saw the ball and I hit it in," Jenkins said. "All I was thinking is my teammates are tired and I just want to go home. We have great defense and we're just working harder on offense."
After trailing 6-3 with under two minutes to go, the Vikings (2-2) scored three goals in the final 1:47 of regulation to send the match into overtime. Megan Dunlavy finished with three goals for the Vikings and junior Amber Barney scored two goals. Jenkins also finished with one assist. Andrea Stilts scored one goal for Homewood-Flossmoor.
"Jamila was in exactly the right spot at the right time," Duignan said. "She was there to crash, she was there to push the ball in when she needed to. That's exactly what we needed."
Dunlavy fouled out for the Vikings in the final quarter, but her teammates were able to pick her up and comeback for the win. The Vikings had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one quarter, but Waubonsie Valley (0-6) outscored Homewood-Flossmoor 4-1 over the next two periods to take a 4-3 lead into the fourth.
"We practice being tired but still giving it our all," Dunlavy said. "It was good teamwork. We have a lot of potential. We just need to use practice to keep getting better."
Duignan said the team has shown inconsistency early in the season, but a strong defense is something to build off of for the Vikings. Rebecca Tanner finished with 10 saves in goal for Homewood-Flossmoor.
"We've been trying to emphasis defense first and take offense as it comes," Duignan said. "We have a lot of young players. We have a lot of people who aren't used to playing with each other. We just have to adjust and get used to playing."