Shorthanded U.dublin stuns North Penn
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Clinging on to an 8-7 lead, the 15th-seeded Maidens needed to make a few more stops over the last two minutes to end the 18th-seeded Flying Cardinals’ seasons. However, the Redbirds really wanted to give two of their sidelined starters a chance to return from injury and play at least one more game.
The Cardinals were short a few players because of a minor car accident the night prior, but not short of determination. With two goals in WKH finDO 24 sHFRnGs WKH 6uEurban One American Conference champs defeated North Penn 9-8.
“The team could have given up or gone for broke,” Cardinals coach Dee Cross said. “The girls that were in WKH FDU DFFLGHnW DUH finH, EuW they could not play today. They were just sore. We put girls in today that really have not played all season and they played their hearts out.”
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“North Penn played a great pressure defense on us and we could not play our attack,” Cross said. “Kayla usually does not score for us, but had to be moved to a middie.”
A large reason the Cardinals could not run away with the game was Maidens senior Lauren Green. While her teammates struggled to finG WKH EDFN RI nHW, GUHHn never allowed her team to trail by more than one goal. HHU fiYH JRDOs IRUFHG WKH Flying Cardinals to faceguard the attacker.
seems like the only player on our team that was able put it in the back of the net,” Maidens coach gami Wilus Behm said. “vou need a go-to player in the district playoffs, but we also needed to play like a team. We did not play like a team in all facets today.”
The Cardinals’ Dominique Green-Coleman was assigned the Maidens’ main source of scoring and it did force the second place squad from the SOL Continental Conference to look elsewhere. Goals by Brittany Tyson and guliana Hill came 27 seconds apart in the 48th minute of action.
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While Tyson and Hill’s heroics did not last long, it was clear the Maidens were going Wo figKW Wo WKH HnG. TKHy finisKHG WKH sHason 13-5 overall, but never had the same chemistry, specif- ically offensively without Munior PiGfiHOGHr .aiWOin Suzuki.
“We shot right at the goalie,” Wilus Behm said. “We have not found an offensive leader after Kailtin Suzuki went down in the middle of the season with a knee injury. We had our opportunities and if we would have shot well it would have been a different game.”