Hatters, CB West battle to tie
com After two 40-minute halves, two 10-minute overtimes and one very unseasonably cold night at Hatboro-Horsham High School, the Lady Hatters didn’t come out with a loss, but nevertheless, they did come out frustrated. And they had a pretty good reason to do so.
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After neither team could finG WKH EDFN RI WKH nHW Ln WKH two sudden death overtime periods, the game ended in a 1-1 draw between the Lady Hatters and Lady Bucks in a Suburban One Continental Conference game Monday night.
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“It’s frustrating for 52 seconds to be left in the second half and to give up a goal,” Hatboro-Horsham coach Kate Lamplugh said. “These mental lapses happen and you have a hiccup and they capitalized on it. That part was frustrating.”
What was even more frustrating for the Lady Hatters was the play of CB West’s goalkeeper, sophomore Grace Bendon, who stopped 15 shots and made incredible save after incredible save all game.
“Their keeper maintained that goal and she made a lot of saves for them that kept things going in their direction,” Lamplugh said. “They were looking for the figKW Ln WKH YHUy HnG DnG WKDW brought it to OT.”
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The game seemed to be completely sided toward the Lady Hatters until that one IDsW EUHDN Ln WKH finDO PLnuWH which changed everything.
“I thought we would just put more goals in and not let the one up, but we just couldn’t do that,” McNutt said.
While Bendon was the player of the game, Cummins played a solid game in net for the Lady Hatters, stopping eight shots on the night.
Leading goal-scorers Marykate Bateman and Tory Adlam by far had the most scoring chances in the game for H-H, but the two seniors could not capitalize at all thanks to the stellar play of the Lady Bucks’ goalie.
The overtime game, which also began 30 minutes late, was the second game which the Lady Hatters have played since last Friday that went into extra time. Lamplugh thinks it will eventually catch up to her team.
“We went to overtime last week and these extra minutes and going to roll over and catch up to the girls,” she said. “I’m just looking to get the momentum going. We are in our second time around playing the teams in our league and we need to start moving forward.”