Max Patrick converted a free kick in double overtime to lead North to a 3-2 win at Madison in a Division I sectional semifinal on Wednesday.
Patrick used his right foot to deliver a laser shot into the bottom left corner of the net to send the Rangers to Saturday’s sectional final at University School.
“Honestly, when I scored the goal I blanked out and just ran into the fans because I wanted to celebrate with our supporters,” Patrick said.
Kaden Kocin, who scored North’s first goal early in the second half, drew a foul just outside the 18-yard box to set up Patrick’s game-winner.
“I got the opportunity to take the free kick and I finished,” Patrick said. “All the effort goes to Kaden for making a great play.”
Kocin’s goal in the first minute of the second half tied the contest at 1-1. Dillon Cendol quickly gave the Rangers their first lead but the Blue Streaks scored the equalizer with about 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Neither team could deliver the decisive goal in the first overtime but Patrick made the most of his opportunity in the second.
With the win, the Rangers avenged a 3-2 regular season loss to Madison. North now has the opportunity to avenge its 2-0 loss to University School back on Aug. 25.
“Our confidence is flowing,” Patrick said. “Even our ball boys are feeling confident. We are ready for the challenge on Saturday as we think we earned our spot to play US. They are talented but we can stick with them. It will be a great one to watch.”