TIGERS

Cecil Whig - - & -

“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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