Being the last week of regular season, last week posed great importance as we prepare to make a district run.
We started the week by playing Cedar Cliff, and this game taught us a valuable lesson for the following weeks. Having beaten them 6-0 earlier in the season, we expected the game to be an easy win. However, Cedar Cliff knew that if they won, they could make it into the playoffs.
They came out aggressively and scored in the first two minutes, putting us immediately on our heels. After that wake up call, we started to regather ourselves, not giving up another shot for nearly the rest of the half. Still down 1-0 at halftime, we knew we had work to do during the second 40 minutes. We dominated for the entire half, but Cedar Cliff’s defense stood strong until, with about 10 minutes remaining, we tied it up.
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Still, we wanted to win because a tie would cause us to lose our momentum and high seed for playoffs, so when overtime came, we knew we had to score again. Shot after shot just barely missed, until, with 30 seconds left, our senior captain Eric Leach stepped up and scored. It was a crazy ending to the regular season as it taught us to never take a team lightly, even when we are ranked much higher.
The end of the Cedar Cliff game marked the beginning of the postseason. Throughout the rest of the week, we began preparing for our first round matchup against Conestoga Valley with focused trainings and a scrimmage against Hershey. Being the No. 2 seed, our expectations are high, but we are not looking beyond our first game. Our number one focus right now is beating Conestoga Valley, a team we now know we can not take lightly.