Rachel Grabar lofted the ball exactly where it needed to be as it soared towards the area just underneath the crossbar. But there was just one thing in the way - Arlington goalie Hannah Howe-Lubowich.
Howe-Lubowich glided backwards, leapt airborne and tipped the ball over the goal to preserve a 0-0 tie with 10:20 to play on Saturday in the North Division 2 girls soccer playoff opener on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
The game remained scoreless through the end of regulation and after two overtime periods. Though Wilmington jumped out to a 2-0 edge in penalty kicks, it was the Spy Ponders who celebrated on the field after they stormed back to snag a 3-2 shootout win.
Despite the loss, the Lady Wildcats completed one of the best campaigns in recent years to earn the No. 6 seed in the bracket.
Head Hendee's charges lose just six seniors from this year's roster, and appear to be in good shape to continue building in upcoming years.