Running out of time and players, Maverick Field Hockey finds a way to get to the SPC Championship game hosted at St. Andrew's School of Austin on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Field Hockey is in the SPC championship game for the first time since 2012. That year the Mavericks defeated Hockaday for their 11th overall title. St. John's gets a chance to win their 12th SPC championship against the only team to defeat the Mavericks this season in Kinkaid. Getting a chance to redeem themselves against the Falcons was not a given. After they took out Hockaday in the morning quarter-final 3-1, the Mavericks faced the Cyclones of Casady in the semi-finals. Late in the first half Casady had a chance to put one on the board with a penalty stroke. Goal keeper Kelsey Bing '16 thwarted what turned out to be Casady's biggest scoring chance with a block to her right. Both teams went scoreless through the first half. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the second half, it appeared that the game was going into overtime. St. John's was awarded a penalty corner; however, the Mavericks had accumulated two yellow cards and were without two players on the defensive end. If they could not convert the corner, they would be forced to play 7 v 5 in the extra time period, down two players. They would be using a total of four field players to battle the Cyclone's six. As it turned out St. John's only need four players and about four seconds to finish the game in regulation. Cameron Weiner '16 started the penalty corner play to Jennifer Trieschman '16 who then found Lindsey McKone '16 and eventually Kate Copeland '17 for the game winner.
"Honestly we were down two players at the end and we just never gave up," said Trieschman. "Our defense was unbelievable in keeping passes out of their offensive area. This was the most exciting thing I have been a part of sports-wise with the clock winding down at the end."
For tomorrow against Kinkaid, time will tell if St. John's can convert when they need to, play unbelievable defense, and in a matter of seconds, make more exciting plays to last a lifetime.