Right place, right time
During my career at the Record Express, I’ve easily watched hundreds of games, matches, competitions … you name it.
Naturally I’ve seen a lot of memorable games with clutch shots, outstanding individual and team performances, upsets, whatever.
So I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, with many events happening simultaneously, that I was going to miss a thing or two along the way that I wished I would have seen.
Last week, though, I was in the right place at the right time to see an inspired effort from the Warwick girls soccer team against Cedar Crest.
They were coming off a couple of tough losses to Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley in their previous two games, and then before they knew it, they were looking at a 3-0 deficit in the opening minutes against Crest.
It was still that way at halftime and honestly, I thought it was over. I was thinking about what questions I was going to ask coach Casella afterward and what I was going to have for dinner before racing out the door again to cover a volleyball match that night.
But then they proceeded to prove me wrong. First, Sam Machin scored in the 47th minute. Then before you knew it, Lauren Snader made it a one-goal contest.
Suddenly, people started to get sucked into the game. You could see Warwick take over all the momentum. They were winning every ball. They had a step on every Cedar Crest defender. And they started to taste a win.
Rene Ross’ first varsity goal tied it. Then one of their leaders, Kate Mobley, got the goal that some might have thought very unlikely just a half hour earlier – Warwick had the lead.
Cedar Crest responded with the tying goal and then maybe you started to think that this improbable Warwick comeback was too good to be true.
After a re-start, Warwick was awarded a penalty kick and Marisa Bertrando calmly and confidently placed the ball into the right corner of the net with just a couple of seconds left.
Game. Set. Match. Warwick had come all the way back, from down 3-0 to win 5-4.
It was good stuff. Great stuff. That should be the kind of game that those girls remember for a long time – not only the outcome, but the fun of playing in such a game. It’s what high school athletics is all about and I was in the right place at the right time.
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