“It’s unreal almost, we came from a team that didn’t care about winning or losing games, but this year everything changed for us,” senior Peyton Hobson, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player, said. “We wanted it so bad.”
After scoring just one goal in a 1-0 victory over Atherton in the semi-finals yesterday, North Oldham had another slow start offensively. Hadley Kuzmicky led several attacks, but the Lady Mustangs couldn’t convert on any opportunities early on.
“It was low energy,” Kuzmicky said. “We weren’t connecting and finishing.”
Elizabeth Cadden scored the game’s first goal with 33 seconds left in the first half to give North Oldham a 1-0 lead.
Chelsea Allen evened the score for Eastern seven minutes into the second half.
The Lady Mustangs didn’t wait long to answer. Kuzmicky scored five minutes later to return the lead to North Oldham with 13:35 left.
North Oldham added an insurance goal when Natalie Stearman lead a transition attack, setting up a goal by Ryan Bramer with 10:52 left.
Allen pulled Eastern to within one with 5:07 left. North Oldham’s defense held firm and returned the ball to the offensive side of the field as Eastern never threatened with a shot.
“We tried to remain calm,” Emeline Schmittel said. “We tried to stay calm and slow the ball down the whole time.”
North Oldham has started the season 5-0 for the first time in program history with the tournament title. Lady Mustang coach Megan Rogers said her team has continued to progress.
“We are getting that talent in of girls who want to play the sport,” Rogers said. “We are taking it to the next level.”