“We started our warmups earlier. We created a sense of urgency the past few days of practice to have them pumped up and ready to go once we stepped on the field because we felt that the game needed to be won in the first 20 minutes. I basi-
cally divided the game up into four quarters,” Indians coach Mark Kalwa said. “We won three of them.”
Kalwa’s strategy for a faster start stemmed from North East’s 5-2 loss to the Tigers 15 days earlier. The Indians fell behind 3-0 that day, but managed to pull within one after halftime.
“They definitely came out with a lot more intensity,” Thomas said of North East.
“They knew what to expect this time and they weren’t going to let us off with an easy win.”
Ulrich also noted the Indians’ faster start in the rematch.
“Give credit to North East. They came out with a ton of heart and played to win. We talked about them all week, they know they can score on us – they did two times in a minute the last time
we played them. You don’t count them out,” he said. “Connor Rowe, obviously, is a tremendous athlete and he’s going to be somebody to contend with in the future.”
The game was played through on-and-off rain showers, including a torrential downpour at the start of overtime.
The Indians nearly notched a third goal with 13:40 left, but the first shot hit the cross bar and a the rebound attempt sailed just
high. North East received a red card in the second half and played the final 12:24 of regulation and all of overtime down a player.
“Running down a man for that period of time, I think it cost our legs,” Kalwa said. “The person we lost was a good defender. They did a good job of finishing that last goal they got. It really could’ve gone either way. At that point, with three minutes left, I thought we were going to penalty kicks, but he put a nice shot on goal.
“My hat’s off to them, they came back and won the game. They turned the momentum around with 8 seconds left in the game. It’s just tough, but I wish them the best and I look forward to next season.”
Rising Sun advances to face top-seeded Elkton Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Tigers look to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Golden Elks on Sept. 15.
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