Indians rally to defeat Tigers in weather-delayed game
— 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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