The Brookline girls’ soccer team were not to be denied in its Division 1 North quarterfinal matchup against visiting Peabody on Sunday night at Parsons Field in Brookline.
The No. 3 seed Warriors (13-2-4) had two goals called back in sudden-death overtime, but went on to dispatch the No. 6 Tanners (12-4-4) in penalty kicks, 3-0.
After both teams battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation and two scoreless overtime periods, Brookline advanced to the North Sectional semifinals with its 2-1 victory.
Brookline junior Katherine McElroy made 12 saves including a pair during the PK shootout and scored on the Warriors’ second penalty shot.
“It’s one of these classic, dramatic soccer games with goals getting called back and balls hitting the crossbar a couple times,” said Brookline coach Rob Sprague. “It really could’ve gone either way.”
McElroy’s dominance was on full display once the game boiled down to the shootout.
After Peabody’s Jillian Arigo missed her first attempt wide right, McElroy denied Peabody’s Emily Nelson and Bridget O’Connell.
On the other side, Brookline freshman Sam Friedman and McElroy converted their attempts, and senior Esther Gilbert slotted home her penalty to send the Warriors into a celebratory frenzy.
“She’s just so dynamic in what she can do,” Sprague said of McElroy. “I think she just has an intimidation factor . . . That psychological advantage can go a long way.”
Two Brookline goals were called back in overtime. Junior Hallie Friedman converted, but officials nullified it due to a a false start. Peabody goalie Jordan Muse saved Friedman’s second effort.
Gilbert was denied in the closing minutes of the second half when she scored on a breakaway after colliding with Muse, but the officials whistled her with a foul on the keeper.
“A lot of weird stuff went down in the second half,” McElroy said. “Just to have faith through that period was all we really needed.”
Division 1 North
Central Catholic 6, Andover 2 — Senior Elayna Grillakis notched four goals and one assist to propel the Raiders (17-0-1). Goalkeeper Mary Gerard had six saves in the win.
Division 1 South
Natick 3, Walpole 0 — Senior forward Rachel Jasinski netted two goals for the top-seeded RedHawks (17-0-0), who will host eighth-seeded North Attleboro (14-2-3) Tuesday.
Hingham 6, Franklin 0 — Sophomore forward Taylor Aymar scored three goals to lead the way for Harbormen (17-1-1). Junior forward Kira Maguire added two goals and two assists.
Division 3 North
Swampscott 2, Weston 0 — Junior Haley Bernhardt netted both goals for Big Blue (11-7-2).
St. John’s Prep 4, Medford 0 — Senior Steven Yakita and junior Sam Smith each scored a goal and added an assist for the No. 5 Eagles (17-0-3).
Division 4 South
Cohasset 9, Millis 1 — Junior forward Chris Longo and junior Mike McDougald each netted hat tricks to lead the Skippers (17-1-1) into the third round, where they will host Carver (11-5-0) Tuesday.
South Shore Christian 3, Monomoy 1— Senior co-captain Chris Caldwell scored two goals to power the Warriors.
Division 1 North
Winchester 2, Chelmsford 1 — Freshman forward Niki Micciche scored both goals for the Sachems (19-0-1).
Division 2 South
Bishop Stang 3, Dedham 2 — Lauren Mauretti scored the winner in overtime, and Maddie Halstead and Laura Kleber also had goals for the Spartans (15-1-2).
Dennis-Yarmouth 1, Falmouth 0 — Senior Anna McGaffigan netted the only goal for the Dolphins (18-1-2).
Foxborough 1, Dover-Sherborn 0 — Lily Daly won the game for the Warriors (15-3-2) with 39 seconds left in overtime, off a feed from Sophia DiCenso.