When Lady Trojan senior Katherine Keller sealed the 3-2 victory on a penalty kick with 2:35 remaining in the second overtime, there was no doubt the best team won.
The final goal of the night, Keller's third of the game, marked the fourth straight year Dyersburg defeated Westview to win the region tournament. The end result was one that left first-year coach Lisa Clifft nearly speechless afterwards.
While it took a total team effort to edge past a talented Westview squad, Dyersburg's Keller was stellar from start to finish when her teammates needed her most.
After battling to a 0-0 deadlock through the first two quarters of the physical, tension-filled contest, Westview's Alexus Taylor scored 14 minutes into the second half to break the tie. Trailing 1-0, the Lady Trojans went to their captain to answer the goal.
Just under two minutes later, Keller gave the Lady Trojans an apparent lead with her second goal of the game. A late whistle however negated the goal as Keller was whistled for being offsides, much to the dismay of the same crowd cheering rather loudly minutes earlier.
The Lady Chargers went back on top with 26 minutes left in regulation when Kayla Guthrie scored. Proving what you can do we can do better, Dyersburg answered the goal with 12:54 to play in the second half when Keller sent a laser past the keeper to knot the score at 2-2.
The 2-2 deadlocked lasted the remainder of the second half as well as throughout the first overtime periods, which consisted of two 10-minute frames.
In the second overtime, consisting of two 5-minute goal-on-goal periods, Keller was leveled while in the box, a move that resulted in a penalty kick.
Just as she had been the entire championship match, Keller remained calm and executed the kick with precision. The kick got past the outstretched arms of Westview keeper Mackenzie Vincent as the entire Dyersburg team as well as coaches erupted and rushed the field to celebrate the fourth straight Region 7 A-AA title.
"This is amazing but we're not done yet. We've still got another to go to reach another goal and reach the state tournament," added Clifft. "But we're going to celebrate this one tonight because it feels good."
With the win, the Lady Trojans will face Liberty on Saturday at DMS. The time for the sectional contest is yet to be determined.