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Games don’t always have to be pretty to be exciting.
Ask Germantown Academy, which did not play its best by any stretch, but still managed to get a win in a goalfest with Germantown Friends on Thursday afternoon.
Down 13-10, GA was aided by a Friends two-minute penalty with 2:06 remaining. Betsy Prezioso capped a 5-1 scoring run with a goal as time expired to give the Lady Patriots a 15-14 win. It was a crazy, back-and-forth affair throughout. Although both sides had their issues, the goals kept flowing and GA came out on top when the dust settled.
“We all just tried to pull together as a team and pick up the intensity,” Prezioso said of the final frantic minutes. “We really wanted it. I think that’s what made the difference. Once they went down a player, we thought it was meant to be. It definitely gives us a confidence boost.”
The first half was filled with turnovers, sloppy passes and a general lack of intensity on defense for both sides. GA got out to a 3-0 lead within the first three minutes, getting goals from Prezioso, Brianna Seravalli and Hanna Bogorowski, and it looked like the rout was on.
However, from that point on, neither team gave an inch and both failed to grab more than a one-goal lead until the final five minutes of the second half. Greta Meyer scored the first of her five goals to open the scoring for the Lady Tigers, and that was followed by goals from Annie Tyson and Ava Schwemier to put Friends back in the game. It also didn’t help that Friends was owning the draw.
“We were definitely struggling with the draw,” GA coach Virginia Hofmann said. “We have been having trouble with the draw off and on all year. Not being able to have possession and having possession just to lose it was hurting us. They have a couple really good shooters and we were having trouble stopping them.”
Tyson ended up scoring three more goals in the half, while Meyer grabbed another and Schuyler Nissen notched her first to round out the scoring for the Lady Tigers. Allie Cannon scored a pair for GA, Seravalli added a second and Emilie Van Blarcom and Marley Strenberg scored one each. At 8-8, the game was there for the taking.
The second half was much more mellow to start, but finished with a crescendo. The two sides still went back and forth, but it was not nearly at the same clip as in the opening 25 minutes. Allison Crump struck first for GA, but was answered by two goals each from Meyer and Schweimer. GAwas falling a bit behind.
With 5:03 left in the game, the Lady Patriots were down 13-10 and the momentum appeared to be in Friends’favor. A couple minutes later, the home side got called for the penalty, which rejuvenated GA. Van Blarcom beat the goalie twice to complete her hat trick and Prezioso scored for a third time to knot the game at 13-13.
Tyson scored with 24 seconds left to put Friends up and that should have been the end of it, but GA secured a couple draws in a row. Cooper Hall scored her first of the game to tie it, and Prezioso fired home as time expired to win it. It was not their best effort of the season, but the Lady Patriots will surely take the win.
“They were able to pull it together and win the game,” Hofmann said. “They realized that if they dig deep and come back to win even when they are struggling and things aren’t going well for them.”