Kallie Peurifoy's shot with 6:02 left in the second overtime period hit the back of the net, sending Academic Magnet to a 2-1 victory over Bishop England on Monday night in the Class AA Lower State girls soccer final.
Emma Gallagher scored just before the end of the first half as the Raptors held off the Bishops before a raucous crowd of about 500 at Attaway-Heinsohn Field.
The Raptors will take on the winner of the Woodruff-Christ Church game Friday at 3 p.m. at Memorial Field in Columbia for the Class AA state title.
It was the second straight year that the Raptors have knocked the Bishops out of the playoffs with Peurifoy recording the game winner. A year ago, the Raptors beat the Bishops, 3-2, as Peurifoy recorded the hat trick.
"Their fans were screaming at me and taunting me the whole game," Peurifoy said. "I just had to fight through it and not listen, but all that emotion came out of me after that goal. It was a great game. Bishop England did a really good job of marking me."
It was physical game on both ends of the field and even in the stands as North Charleston police had to break up a near-fight between two fans.
"Bishop England is our biggest rivals," Peurifoy said. "It's the most intense game I've ever played in. It was more intense than last year's playoff game and that was pretty intense. It's so great to beat these guys for the second straight year."
Bishop England, which had won nine state titles from 1999-2009, got on the scoreboard first when Julie Shahid made a beautiful run down the left flank and ripped a shot into the upper corner of the net from about 20 yards out with 16:50 left in the opening half.
"It was just a great shot from (Shahid)," said first-year Academic Magnet coach Anna Merriman. "They've got great kids and they fought hard the entire game. I like the way we responded after their goal. We didn't let getting a goal down get into our heads."
The Raptors answered just before intermission as Gallagher, a freshman, scored from just inside the 18-yard box in stoppage time.
"Emma's goal was huge," Merriman said. "I told the girls at halftime, sometimes it's not pretty, sometimes it's not the hardest shot or the most beautiful shot, but it's a great shot when it hits the back of the net."
Raptors midfielder Morgan Todd had a chance to be the hero with less than five minutes left in regulation, but her shot from about 10 yards out bounced off the crossbar after a scramble in front of the net.
"It wouldn't be a game if this team didn't give me a couple of gray hairs," Merriman said. "We kept it excited. Morgan was just a bit unlucky."
Peurifoy's game-winner came on a broken play. A through ball from Gallagher was misplayed by a Bishops defender and landed on the foot of Peurifoy, who scored from about 12 yards out.
"Once she gets those chances she normally capitalizes on them, and that's such a huge difference for us," Merriman said.
It will be the Raptors' first state title appearance in the school's history.
"From day one during tryouts, our goal was to get to the state title game," Merriman said. "I knew we had the talent and motivation to get there it was a matter of putting it all together."