In­di­ans rally to de­feat Tigers in weather-de­layed game

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN


— North East and Ris­ing Sun met un­der un­usual cir­cum­stances Tues­day af­ter­noon.

It was the re­sump­tion of a game de­layed by lightning on April 1. The teams took the field know­ing they’d only have 18:48 to earn a vic­tory.

The Tigers led 9-7 when play was halted, but when it re­sumed


more than a month later, it was all In­di­ans.

North East came from be­hind to steal a 13-12 non-di­vi­sional road win.

“We were ready,” In­di­ans coach Joe Burkhardt said. “Last night car­ried over from Per­ryville, we played so well last night and the girls wanted it. We were play­ing for home field ad­van­tage, they knew that, we wanted it.”

North East’s come­back was sparked by three quick goals by Amy O’Dell once the game re­sumed that turned a two-goal deficit into a 10-9 lead. Mo­ments later, O’Dell as­sisted Mack­en­sie Kilby to make it 11-9, In­di­ans.

Heather Amos tal­lied for Ris­ing Sun on a dodge from be­hind the goal to pull her team within one.

North East’s (8-6) lead grew back to two fol­low­ing a Tigers’ save. Bri­anna Christie blocked an out­let pass in front of the goal, gath­ered the ground ball, then fin­ished to bring the score to 1210.

The Tigers (7-4) would an­swer again to pull back within one when Lo­gan Alexan­der col­lected her own re­bound from a free po­si­tion shot and make the sec­ond try count, but the In­di­ans re­sponded to bring their lead back to two—an­other goal by Kilby and as­sist from O’Dell.

Emily Fan­ning scored a free po­si­tion goal for Ris­ing Sun as the time ex­pired to bring the score to its 13-12 fi­nal. The Tigers have been plagued by slow starts fre­quently and have re­lied on lategame come­backs, but were not al­lowed that lux­ury Tues­day.

“Our slug­gish, slow play in the be­gin­ning is like our warmup time frame. We still do an OK job, how­ever in this kind of sit­u­a­tion, you have to go from the get-go. It def­i­nitely came to bite us in the butt to­day,” Ris­ing Sun coach Becca Gueth­ler said. “We knew that we just had to get the ball off the draw and go for it. There’s not that much time left to play, at all.”

Christie led North East with five goals and two as­sists, O’Dell recorded four goals with two as­sists, Kilby tal­lied a hat trick and Mal­lory Sharp­less added a goal.

“In the end, we played bet­ter than we played the first time and that’s the ex­pec­ta­tion from a coach­ing stand­point. I want these girls to be bet­ter the sec­ond time around than they were the first. It was awe­some to see,” Burkhardt said. “The last time we played Ris­ing Sun we turned the ball over and we lost it our­selves. We shout our­selves in the foot and kept reload­ing. We were ready this time, we cleaned up our pass­ing.”

Fan­ning led the Tigers with four goals, Liz Zata­lava scored three and Kait­lyn Shivery, Lo­gan Alexan­der, Mag­gie Palfi and Heather Amos all scored once.

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