Jordan Murphy scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute off an assist from Bayleigh Moss

The Coastal Christian girls soccer team faced plenty of adversity Monday afternoon.

Starting midfielder Autumn Montague was carted off the field with a knee injury midway through the first half and a failed penalty kick with 31 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

The discouraging moments didn't keep them down.

Senior Jordan Murphy tracked down a through ball from Bayleigh Moss in the 88th minute and beat the keeper far post to give the Centurions a 2-1 victory over Parrott Academy.

"We talk about having a mindset that when things get tough we're going to get tougher," Kurtz said. "I challenged them on their response at the end of regulation and it was great because in the build up to the winning goal, the girl who missed the penalty made a 40-yard dead sprint to make the play happen."

The Centurions improved to 7-4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Coastal Rivers Conference with the season sweep. They host Fayetteville Academy on Tuesday with sole possession of first place on the line.

"We were completely focused on Parrott because they are a good team," Kurtz said.

Parrott Academy (8-4, 2-3) got on the board first in the ninth minute, but the lead was short lived. Five minutes later, Murphy blasted a bouncing shot that was blocked by goalkeeper Alli Grant Avery. The deflection went right to Anna Smith, who deposited the ball into the empty net.

A majority of the second half chances came from Coastal Christian. Moss nearly gave the home team the lead in the 48th and 77th minutes, but missed high on both attempts.

With less than a minute to go, goalkeeper Sallie Newton sent a punt deep into the offensive zone. It bounced over the defense and was tracked down by Smith, who was fouled in the box. She stepped up for the penalty kick, but it was turned aside by Avery, who finished with 13 saves.

After falling behind, the Patriots turned up the pressure in the second 10-minute overtime and had several point-blank shots that were saved by Newton. The Georgia Southern signee made nine saves.

"Our success in the back is really because of Olivia (Edwards), who is playing back there for the first time," Kurtz said. "Her communication and positive attitude keeps us together together, and it also doesn't hurt to have Sallie behind them."

- Reporter Tim Hower can be reached at 910-343-2366 or Tim.Hower@StarNewsOnline.com.