Becca Wade, Tayler Warehime and Lauren Cremen chat with us post-game.
When Manchester Valley coach Shelly Brezicki talks to her team about ways it can shift the momentum in a game, she says it's not a matter of when you score, when you make a save or how many, but when you do so and how you get that momentum to sway in your favor.
The Mavericks didn't let a second-half scoring run from South Carroll diminish their efforts as they overcame the county champions 10-9 at Parker Field on Monday.
The Cavaliers absorbed their first loss of the season after capturing the Carroll County Athletic League title last Thursday with a 14-13, double-overtime victory over Westminster.
Tayler Warehime, who recently surpassed 200 goals for her career, scored five goals and notched an assist to lead the Mavs (7-3, 4-2 in the county).
"We were definitely reading the defense today and we called plays but the plays aren't always going to be there…just adapting to the defense," Warehime said. "I think we did a really good job of that and staying calm when the defense did pressure out was a big factor in today's game and I really think we did well on that."
Brezicki called a time out shortly after South Carroll (10-1, 5-1) took a one-goal lead with under five minutes left to play. Warehime answered the call with a free position tally to tie the teams, 9-9, with a minute and a half on the clock.
Man Valley won the draw and 33 seconds after Warehime's goal, Cremen scored her third on the night to give the Mavericks a one-goal edge.
"I think tonight was the best show of confidence in each other and trust in each other that we've seen all year," Brezicki said. "That's what you hope for at this point in the season, that we've gotten the trust, gotten the confidence that we know each other and can play off of each other and I thought they did a good job of that.
"I also think that we didn't give up. We went down there and they had a good run. South Carroll's a good and talented, fast team and I thought we did a really nice job of staying in, being smart and doing what we needed to do to execute the plays."
Junior defender Josey Klingeberg put the Mavs up 7-3 early in the second half, but South Carroll used a five-goal scoring run in seven minutes to pick up its first lead of the game. Cavs junior attacker Abbey Behn played a role in four of those tallies, scoring one and assisting three.
Behn's second score gave the Cavs a 9-8 lead with 4:25 left to play before Warehime and Cremen tossed in the final two.
Mavs senior goalie Becca Wade played a large role in the Mavs' momentum swing. Brezicki said the team has become expectant of Wade's ability to stop crucial shots because she has played with such prominence all season.
Warehime and Cremen agreed.
"Becca is definitely the backbone of our defense," Warehime said. "When she makes a save, all the momentum just goes towards attack and I really think that gets us going so she's a really big leader in the back."
South Carroll sophomore Julia Weiss made 13 saves in goal for the Cavaliers. Riley and Kennedy Evans each scored twice and Behn notched a game-high four assists.
"Manchester Valley's a great team and they got a lot of 50/50 balls that we didn't get, a lot of draw controls," SC coach Brigid McTavish said. "They played hard, you could tell they played with heart and they really wanted it. I think that does come into factor when you're playing in such a close game with someone who's going harder than the other team."