Prezioso, GAsink GFS

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

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.”

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