Sometimes a moment of doubt is all it takes to separate two well-matched, talented teams.
Saturday in the Class 5A-District 7 girls soccer final, talent stayed with top seed Plant High and momentary doubt crept in and cost No. 3 Newsome as the Panthers scored a pair of second-half goals to top the Wolves 2-0.
The teams played evenly in the first half with the Wolves' defense containing Plant's speed, and Newsome's chances coming from far enough away to be managed by Panthers goalie Kara Looby.
The second half was a different story as Newsome looked like a new team to start the final 40 minutes, peppering the goal and providing a real test for Looby.
"In what we'd have to call the third quarter," Plant coach Pam Smith said, "Newsome came out to play."
The pace didn't last for Newsome, however, as Plant stayed patient and a second of doubt found its way to the field for the Wolves.
"It was just all-around bad. We made a bad settle, a bad pass, it became Plant's ball and then it became Plant's game," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. "Momentum shifted a little and for just a second, we doubted ourselves."
In the 55th minute, Plant (16-1-1) junior Abby Sanchez sent a ball into the box to Nastasia Asgedom, who fired a shot that deflected off Newsome's keeper and stayed with the rebound, notching the decider to the post.
"We had to pick it up for the second half because it was clear they were going to keep on fighting," Asgedom said.
From there, Plant continued to fire shots into the box, striking once more as Sanchez crossed a ball to the outside where Charlsey Greiwe added insurance in the 70th minute.