Flyers earn 1-1 draw with late goal on Senior Night

(Pictured is Little Falls forward Andrea Ploof as she tries to take a bouncing shot away from the Storm goal keeper during the second half of the Oct. 2 game. Staff photo by Jason Olson)

“I knew this team would be fine,” said Laager whose team won challenge after challenge on both sides of the ball in its effort to tie the game.

The Flyers nearly tied it up on numerous times in the second half as they had three break aways, two resulting in the ball sailing over the net and another gathered by the Storms’ keeper.

Little Falls took advantage of a mishandled shot with 7:30 remaining in the second half as they were able to knot the game at 1-1. Breann Corrow was credited for the goal as she was in the right place at the right time. The assist went to Steph LeBlanc as she was able to get the ball to Corrow for the nice goal.

The home team tried to get the win with some stingy defense resulting in some scoring chances from inside the 18 yard box and a few more free kicks from just beyond the box.

At the end of regulation the score remained the same 1-1, but by this time the crowd that had turned out for the game began to increase in size and emotion.

“The bleachers helped us in overtime and it was great to see so many people come out to support us,” said senior Andrea Ploof.

In the first OT the teams traded scoring opportunities as the Flyers had a few chances around the penalty mark, and Sauk Rapids pushed the ball wide on a few occasions in the first of two five minute sessions.

“Our defense was good throughout the game tonight and I think they were a lot more aggressive than the last time we played Sauk Rapids,” Ploof added.

The Storm and Flyers played to a 2-2 draw, Sept. 15, in Sauk Rapids.

By the end of the second overtime the game was still knotted up 1-1. But if you ask Coach Laager how the game turned out, all you get are positives about his team’s performance. “Before OT started I just reminded the girls how important this game is for getting another home game for the seniors and this being Senior Night made the girls play with some added intensity. It was a great game,” he said.

The Flyers came way with seven shots on goal and the Storm compiled 15, but the normal keeper was back in net for the Flyers as Dani Larson was given a rest in the prior game.

“After the game, their (Sauk Rapids) coach came over to me and said, ‘Boy your program is getting respect around the league’s and after losing 1-0 to an undefeated Tech team, teams don’t really want to play us heading into sections,” added Laager. “We’re only three wins away from going to the state tournament.”

Teams will be given their seedings for sections, Oct. 6.

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