Eaglehawk has shocked the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League world with a stunning 3-2 comeback win against reigning champion Shepparton United at Truscott Reserve.
With 10 of United’s starting 11 on Sunday part of last year’s title-winning squad, the Blues entered the contest as hot favourites against an Eaglehawk side that finished fifth last year.
And it looked to be smooth sailing in the first half for United as Caitlin Georgiou scored twice in four minutes for a 2-0 lead.
But the Eaglehawk fightback started minutes later, with Charlotte Edlin dragging a goal back on 42 minutes to see the sides head to the sheds at 2-1.
United looked to steady, but Eaglehawk captain Grace Edlin levelled the game just after the hour, and the magical comeback was completed in the 73rd minute as substitute Kelsie Rogers put the hosts in front.
Eaglehawk held on for the three points, a remarkable story given the Blues’ stellar 2017 record where they won 17 of 18 regular season games and conceded just six goals in the process.
Elsewhere, Shepparton South scored for fun against a hapless Tatura line-up, burying 20 goals in a cruisy win.
The Ibises were expecting a difficult match, playing against an experienced side and with a squad of their own featuring many players who had not played at the senior level before.
South’s long list of goal-scorers included a staggering nine-goal display from Alicia Rowan.
Jennifer Tran and Samantha Mackay each scored four times, while Lucinda Murdoch, Elizabeth Morris and Amy Gebauer all got among the goals.
It proved a high-scoring round in the women’s division, with Strathdale smashing Golden City 21-1.
Ellie Vlaeminck hit double figures, scoring 10 times in the win, coming off a season where she scored 39 times in 17 games.
Epsom scored three goals either side of half-time to record a comfortable win against Spring Gully United.
Danielle Michielsen led the way with a round one hat-trick, with two goals to Caitlin Robertson and one to Paige Gordon completing the win.
And Moama-Echuca also found six goals, beating Swan Hill 6-2 in a strong first-up showing.
The Border Raiders had built a commanding 5-0 lead via two goals to Paula Ledda and one each to Lily Kettle, Courtney Ladgrove and Brittany Sands, before Swan Hill worked its way into the contest with a quick double for Sharmaine Sabado.
Ladgrove completed the result with her second in the 75th minute.