TWINSBURG — Behind by goal with two minutes to play against Mentor Lake Catholic in the Region 5 Division II final at Twinsburg High School, Revere sophomore midfielder Adison Novosel stepped up to take a free kick, seemingly the Minutemen’s last chance to save their season.

She had a tight angle, but Novosel’s right-footed curler had just enough swerve that the shot was on target. It made it past a few of the Lake Catholic defenders and Cougars goalkeeper Ava Peterlin.

But just as the free kick was about to draw the Minutemen even, a Cougars defender headed the ball off the goal line.

Revere (12-4-5) didn't get another chance, falling to Lake Catholic 2-1 as the Cougars (13-4-1) claimed the regional title.

Lake Catholic got the scoring started after a hectic first 10 minutes. After a scrum in the box resulted in a shot from Andrea Babic deflected out by Revere goalkeeper Olivia Papouras, the ball fell kindly to sophomore defender Kennedy Rieple with her back to the goal. Rieple pivoted and smashed a left-footed drive under Papouras to give the Cougars the early advantage.

The lead only lasted about 70 seconds. The Minutemen responded by attacking the Cougars’ goal immediately from kickoff. Down the left wing, Amanda Nelson chipped the ball into the penalty box for Emily Albert. Albert tried to control the ball, but, a minute after scoring herself, Rieple toppled into Albert’s back for a penalty kick.

Novosel scored on the penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams had chances during the remainder of the first half, but the goal undoubtedly energized the Minutemen.

Lake Catholic coach Chris Hastings said he was happy with his team’s overall response after giving up what he deemed a questionably given penalty.

“I don’t think it was a great call, but the ref made the call,” he said. “We’re not going to change his call. We talk before the games. These things are going to happen, but you can’t allow a second goal to happen because of a first. We came out afterward a little angry, but we had a little talk at halftime and were OK.”

Whatever Hastings said at halftime worked.

In the 53rd minute, senior forward Keka Babic dribbled past two defenders down the left wing and cut into the box. She kicked the ball goalward with her toe rather than the inside of her foot — something Hastings has been telling her to do “all season” — resulting in a deflection nestling into the back of the net for what was the deciding goal.

 “They’re a good side,” Hastings said of Revere. “They gave us a game, got in behind us a few times. They were giving our girls fits. Mentally, we had to overcome the PK, and I think we did that. We had to make a few adjustments, but it paid off.”