Hat­ters, CB West bat­tle to tie

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Mike Prince


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.

Fol­low­ing some dom­i­natLng SODy Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI DnG af­ter lead­ing for nearly the en­tire sec­ond half, the Lady Hat­ters al­lowed Cen­tral Bucks West to score in the finDO PLnuWH RI UHguODWLRn WR force over­time.

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.

“WH finLsKHG wLWK D WLH, which is bet­ter than a loss, but it was still bad,” said Hat­boro-Hor­sham se­nior Sydney McNutt, who scored her team’s only goal. “Our big­gest prob­lem was not let­ting them get shots off and then let­ting them get one in WKH finDO 60 sHFRnGs. 7KDW was bad.”

With the Lady Hat­ters (43-2, 4-2-2) lead­ing 1-0 in WKH gDPH’s finDO PLnuWH, CB West (5-2-2, 4-2-1) took the EDOO DOO WKH wDy GRwn­fiHOG and beat Hat­boro-Hor­sham ju­nior goal­keeper Briana Cummins with only 52 sec­onds to play, ty­ing things up at 1-1.

“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.”

The Lady Hat­ters sent a fluUUy RI sKRWs Rn BHnGRn Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI, LnFOuGLng WKUHH Ln­sLGH WKH ERx Ln WKH finDO minute, but the goal­keeper had an an­swer for ev­ery­thing.

It wasn’t un­til the 46th PLnuWH – fiYH PLnuWHs, WKUHH sec­onds into the sec­ond half – when Hat­boro-Hor­sham wDs DEOH WR finDOOy gHW Rn WKH board, when McNutt took a pass from ju­nior Emily Shee­han and slipped it in the left cor­ner of the net for the 1-0 lead.

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.”

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