Day Seven – Due to our team going 5-0 in pool play on Friday and Saturday, we were awarded the #1 seed going into the playoffs on Sunday. Receiving a first-round bye gave us the game at 10:15am, which helped our team catch up on some much needed sleep. After eating breakfast at the hotel, the team piled into the vans and we headed over to Mercer County Park for our quarterfinal game against Eastport South Manor (NY).
Coming off our a game yesterday against Team ESM, a 7-2 win for Wasatch, we knew that the odds were in our favor to win this re-match. But ESM had different plans and came out strong in the first half. A few early penalties by Wasatch gave the advantage to ESM and they capitalized by putting up three quick goals. Before Wasatch knew what hit them they were trailing 0-5 at halftime.
Having had to comeback in the second half to win four of our five games already in the tournament, our team knew that we had what it takes to rally back for the win. Zach Wentz (St. Johns College HS, MD/2017) took control of the faceoff X to begin the second half, which turned into a quick goal on the crease by Bailey Pope (Brighton HS/2015). After a few huge saves by Caelahn Bullen (Trinity Pawling HS, NY/2016), our team responded with another goal when Alex Croyle (Bonneville HS/2015) placed a shot into the bottom right corner. Wasatch LC captain, Carter Bean (Desert Hills HS/2015), dug deep after we let ESM score one more by scoring three straight goals of his own. However, it was just not enough as our team took a few shots at the end that went just wide. ESM ended up with the 6-5 victory, and ended Wasatch LC’s tournament with a quarterfinal loss. Although the team was disappointed with the loss, there was a lot to gain for the players and coaches from this amazing experience. Read More