Patrick leads North to double overtime win at Madison

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Max Patrick converted a free kick in double overtime to lead North to a 3-2 win at Madison in a Division I sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

Patrick used his right foot to deliver a laser shot into the bottom left corner of the net to send the Rangers to Saturday’s sectional final at University School.

“Honestly, when I scored the goal I blanked out and just ran into the fans because I wanted to celebrate with our supporters,” Patrick said.

Kaden Kocin, who scored North’s first goal early in the second half, drew a foul just outside the 18-yard box to set up Patrick’s game-winner.

“I got the opportunity to take the free kick and I finished,” Patrick said. “All the effort goes to Kaden for making a great play.”

Kocin’s goal in the first minute of the second half tied the contest at 1-1. Dillon Cendol quickly gave the Rangers their first lead but the Blue Streaks scored the equalizer with about 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Neither team could deliver the decisive goal in the first overtime but Patrick made the most of his opportunity in the second.

With the win, the Rangers avenged a 3-2 regular season loss to Madison. North now has the opportunity to avenge its 2-0 loss to University School back on Aug. 25.

“Our confidence is flowing,” Patrick said. “Even our ball boys are feeling confident. We are ready for the challenge on Saturday as we think we earned our spot to play US. They are talented but we can stick with them. It will be a great one to watch.”

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.