In Watertown Wisconsin the match up between 2 top 10 teams for regional supremacy was called short due to lightning strikes. With enough of the game elapsed Maranatha was awarded a 2-0 victory over the Lady Tigers.
From the first blast of the whistle it was clear both sides had talent. The possession battle waged back and forth up and down the pitch. Neither team was able to assume absolute dominance. The Crusaders did enjoy a larger portion of the scoring chances leading the Tigers 9-1 in the shot department at halftime. They also had the half’s only goal, when a ball played over the middle was misplayed by a Grace defender and ran onto by the Crusaders. The striker was then able to calmly slide the ball under Tiger keeper Lindsey Anible.
The second half saw the Tigers come out much stronger. Battling the rain and a ominous sky Grace tried to find an equalizer. Their efforts would come up short as the crusaders once again were able to run onto a ball and beat Lindsey increasing the score to 2-0. Immediately after the goal the whistle sounded halting the game due to lightning strikes in the area. With thick cloud cover and dusk quickly approaching the game would prove unable to resume granting the Crusaders a key 2-0 victory and a BYE in the first round of the regional tournament.
“We knew coming in that we needed to play one of our best games of the season to win,” said Coach Rumenapp, “obviously that did not happen. We had a long week including 2 games prior to this one, the flu and some injuries flaring up, end of the day those are all just excuses. Bottom line, Maranatha outplayed us and deserved the result they received. We look forward potentially playing them in regionals.”