The 2011 Girls D-II Championship game was won by the Waterford Ravens in a close game with the Viewmont Vikings on Saturday in Park City.
Viewmont scored first on a goal by Kelsie Christensen after controlling the first five minutes of the game. Waterford answered four minutes later and went on a 3 goal run to take a 3-1 lead. All three goals were scored by Portia Cao. Both teams fought hard for precious possessions but were unable to convert due to great goalie play by the Ravens Nicole Burgener and the Vikings Sara Johnson.
Viewmont broke through late in the half on goals by Amber Carr and Christensen to tie the game at 3 at halftime.
Christensen scored off the first possession of the half for the Vikings. Waterford went on a three goal run by Kylee Snuffer to claim a 6-4 lead. Christensen scored again to bring the score to 6-5 with 17 minutes to play.
Once again the defenses clamped down and the goalies continued to make spectacular saves leading to a long scoring drought. Waterford was able to find a seam in the Viking defense and scored their seventh goal with 7:15 left in the game which proved to be enough to clinch the game. Viewmont couldn’t control the ball long enough to get a good shot in the final minutes, giving the Ravens their first State Championship.
“It feels amazing,” said Waterford Head Coach Alison Livingston. “It just feels incredible to take this team so far especially since we are so few in number and had few expectations.”
The Ravens were led by Cao who had 3 goals and 2 assists. Viewmont was led by Christensen who had 4 goals. Burgener had 12 saves while Johnson had 5.