Huron Valley Titans win thriller over Walled Lake United
It’s always exciting to pick up a victory in the last minute of any game. It can be even more exciting when your team breaks a 6-6 tie and scores the winning goal with just 32.2 seconds left in the contest.
That was the case for the Huron Valley Titans women’s lacrosse team Wednesday evening as Kady Waits (Milford) scored from point blank range to break a 6-6 tie and give the Titans the win.
Huron Valley had what looked like a comfortable 6-4 lead over Walled Lake United (Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western) girls’ lacrosse team midway through the second half. Coach Tony Pine’s team rallied to tie the game on goals by Taryn Raisanen (Walled Lake Central) and Clara Kissling (Walled Lake Central) at 6-6 with 4:55 left in the fourth quarter.
After a Huron Valley timeout, the Titans kept play in the Walled Lake end to pick up the victory. Waits’ goal with 32.2 seconds left sent the home crowd into a frenzy for the 7-6 lead. Waits added another goal with less than two seconds left for the 8-6 final.
“Playing under pressure with your team having your back and setting you up for the goal really makes the game,” said a smiling Waits. “We talked about getting the possession and fighting for the ball.”
Raisanen scored with 19:16 left in the first half to give Walled Lake a quick 1-0 margin. The Titans answered with back-to-back goals by Eden Vansicklen (International Academy), and a goal by Payton Sloat (Lakeland) to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at the 12:09 mark.
Walled Lake answered with goals by Cayley Hunsinger (Walled Lake Western) and Raisanen to cut the deficit to 4-3 at half-time.
Both defenses stepped up in the second half as goals were hard to come by. Vansicklen’s third goal of the game gave the Titans a 5-3 margin with 17:59 left. Walled Lake added goals by Lindsey Willis (Walled Lake Central), Raisanen and Kissling to set up the exciting finish.
“They kind of stole the momentum, so we needed a quick goal to get back in it,” said Coach Gerry Perrett. “We were getting more shots, but we kept turning the ball over.”
“We had a girl play her first game in goal, so we knew we needed to score a few more goals,” he continued. “Our goalie was at a funeral, so Trisha Harris stepped in and did a great job with a save percentage of 80 percent.”
Vansicklen led the offense with three goals for the Titans, while Waits added two goals, including the game winner. Raisanen had a big night for Walled Lake, tallying three goals.
“We played buzzer to buzzer in this game,” said Pine. “We were in it to the last seconds of the game and it was an awesome contest.”
Walled Lake United (1-4) lost to Farmington on Saturday, 16-3, in a make-up game. After playing Plymouth Salem on Monday night, Walled Lake has the rest of the week off.
After hosting Ann Arbor Skyline on Tuesday, Huron Valley (1-0 KLAA, 3-1) travels to Walled Lake Northern in the Battle of Bogie Lake Road tonight.