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Veronica Garcia of the Ocean City High School girls soccer team couldn't have picked a better time for her first goal of the season.

The sophomore striker had the only score in a 1-0 win over Mainland Regional last Friday.

The goal came with 24 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game. Garcia and her teammates had missed several scoring chances earlier in the contest. They knew time was running out.

Garcia received a pass at midfield from teammate Devon Terwilliger. Garcia dribbled around a defender and then found herself alone with only the Mainland goalie in front of her.

Garcia booted a shot hard and low toward the right corner from 18 yards out. The ball landed in the net, setting off an Ocean City celebration.

"I was very excited," Garcia said. "I was happy that was the goal that changed the game."

Michael McGarry