After 97 minutes of play Wednesday in Richland, junior striker Reagan Wisser completed a hat-trick to win the SMAC tournament championship 3-2 in double-overtime for Gull Lake against Portage Central. The win gives the Blue Devils both the tournament and regular season league title.
Listen back to the game-winning goal below:
Reagan hooked up with younger sister Rosie for all three of the Gull Lake goals. The first came in the sixth minute as a midfield free kick by Rosie found Reagan in the box for a goal. The Mustangs matched in the 31st minute courtesy of Emily Mergener. However, another Wisser-to-Wisser set-piece reclaimed the lead for the Blue Devils with 3:24 remaining before the half.
The score stayed at 2-1 until 6:15 was left in the second. Mergener sent it from midfield to the box for Jaclynn Sibley, who rocketed the equalizer home while at full stride. The sophomore had missed a chunk of the second half due to injury, but her return was crucial in forcing overtime at 2-2.
Unlike the MHSAA postseason, the SMAC tournament uses golden-goal overtime rules, giving the win to the first team to score. With 2:37 remaining in the second overtime period, Gull Lake did just that. Rosie Wisser’s throw in found Reagan Wisser in front of the net for her third of the night. The game winner was her 29th score of the season.
Gull Lake improves to 14-0-1 with the victory, getting their first tournament title since 2016. The Blue Devils are off until their regular season home finale next Wednesday against Vicksburg.
Portage Central falls to 13-2-1, both losses against Gull Lake. The Mustangs head to Caledonia Friday.