TAMPA — Wharton's Fallon Vaughan didn't see it go in.
St. Petersburg coach Rui Farias did.
And he still can't believe it.
Vaughan's game-tying goal in the second half — a floater that looked errant and froze the keeper — was hardly a thing of beauty, but it forced overtime and penalty kicks, where the Green Devils misfired twice in losing 3-2, 4-2 on PKs in the Class 6A region quarterfinals.
The Green Devils (13-5) twice sailed their penalty kicks over the crossbar, as Wharton keeper Heather Montgomery didn't even need to make a save in her team's victory.
Farias said he doesn't recall his girls team ever losing a game in penalty kicks, despite the fact they don't practice them because he said he is superstitious.
Instead of ruing his team's penalty kick performance, Farias was still stunned the game even got to that point.
The Green Devils led 2-0 at one point. Sophomore Christina Mendoza and Montgomery collided in pursuit of the ball, with the Green Devil winning and booting the free ball into an open net in the 29th minute. In the 36th minute Taylor Loyden perfectly played a set piece and Sara Parker headed it home for a two-goal advantage.
But 45 seconds later, Wharton answered, then with 31 minutes remaining, Vaughan lofted the ball toward the net to tie it.
She said afterward she wasn't happy with the shot, and turned to run back up the field and didn't even see it go in.
"That tying goal," Farias said, "she just kind of whacked it."
His face said the rest. He couldn't believe it went in.