WORCESTER — The wait is finally over for North Penn's girls soccer team.
On nine previous attempts this season, the Maidens attempted to enter the correct pass code for a win and nine times were greeted with a reply of "Access Denied.'
On Monday afternoon, North Penn's girls found the right combination — but they had to go to great lengths to do it. North Penn logged its first win of the season with a harrowing 2-1 victory over Methacton — in overtime.
On a penalty corner with 8:33 elapsed in the initial "sudden victory' overtime period, North Penn's Mackenzie Daniels headed the ball into the Warriors' cage to secure the initial win of the season for her team.
"Ally King brought the corner in,' said Daniels, a tall, speedy sophomore. "She sent a great ball in. I started on the far corner of the six and ran it in. There were no defenders on me and I just went up and headed it in.'
If Methacton's team wanted a theme song for how the season has gone so far, it could could use lyrics from Albert King's blues classic "Born Under a Bad Sign' — "If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all.'
"We're 3-9-1 now and we've never been this before,' said Methacton coach Bret Smith. "We've been finding every which way to lose. This was our third overtime loss this year and we've had a lot of one-goal losses.'
Methacton dominated the first half of Monday's game in a number of ways — scoring opportunities, time of possession and, most importantly, goals scored. The Warriors got the only goal of the first half from Alanna Dodson just over 10 minutes into the game.
"It was a really nice through ball from Kelly Glatthhorn,' said Dodson, a sophomore forward. "She got a nice ball over the defender's head. I beat their sweeper and then shot to the right corner.'
North Penn got the equalizer just over three minutes into the second half when Tina Miller dribbled in on goal from the left flank and launched a shot into the back of Methacton's goal. The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 for the rest of regulation.
"They had control in the first half,' said North Penn coach Jim Dehner, whose team is now 1-5-4 overall. "It was the Senior Day so we knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy.
"But, as the game went on, we just kept our intensity. It had been a while since the last time we scored. So, when we scored our first goal, it really got us going. The first goal is always the hardest.'
Methacton also maintained a high level of intensity through the entire 48 minutes and 33 seconds of Monday's game but was hampered by having to use an altered lineup.
"We have some girls who are hurt so some of us were playing out of position,' said Methacton's ultra-quick Jenny Martin, who is also a state meet veteran in hurdles and javelin.
"I played forward today and I'm usually a right-side center defender. This was my first time to play forward. I love playing forward and I almost scored on a header.
"Today, we were just unlucky again. We were outplaying them. Then, they got the tying goal and that made them more aggressive to the 50-50s.'
Smith knows that it's more than bad luck that has been keeping his team from the win column.
"We just haven't been finishing,' said Smith. "With our defense and our goalkeeping, we've been good. We just need to finish.'
North Penn 0 1 1 -- 2
Methacton 1 0 0 --1
North Penn goals -- Tina Miller, Mackenzie Daniels
Methacton goal -- Alanna Dodson