Vikings Rebound; Win In A Shootout

Posted: November 01, 1990

The doubts began for Toby Jarmon after Downingtown went up by two goals. When her teammate was stopped on a penalty stroke, those doubts began to gnaw at her.

But Jarmon put her head down and kept playing hard, and so did her West Chester East teammates. When it was over, any doubts she had about her team's chances for success had vanished. The Vikings came back from 2-0 to defeat the Whippets in a 3-1 shootout after a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. The thrilling District 1 Class AAA first-round consolation game lasted through two 10-minute sudden-death overtime periods and was decided by a shootout.

Tuesday's win, the Vikings' second over their Ches-Mont League foes this year against one loss, advanced them to the consolation final against Abington today. The winner takes fifth place in the district and a trip to the state tournament.

Last year the Vikings beat Downingtown in the consolation final and went to states, where they lost in the final to Methacton. For the first 40 minutes of Tuesday's game, it appeared that history would not repeat itself, as the Whippets (12-5-4) held a 2-0 lead.

"I have to admit, once they scored that second goal I was having my doubts," said Jarmon, a senior back. "I really wasn't sure if we could come back. But we just turned it on and got aggressive. I think we realized if we didn't win, this would be our last game."

The Vikings (19-2-1) began to apply more pressure on Downingtown goalie Kristen Gray. Eventually, Laura Kirk scored 2 goals to push the game into overtime. After 20 minutes of scoreless play, the game became went to a shootout, where Kirk, Kim Robbins and Lauren Roth scored to clinch the victory.

The Vikings are hoping their dramatic win will help them improve to last year's state-quality play.

"I think it might," Jarmon said. "The game with Haverford (the team that beat them in the second round of districts) had us down. But I think if we played them again, we could beat them. I think we have a chance to do anything if we put our minds to it."

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For the last few years, the Octorara Braves have grown a little tired of hearing all about perennial champion Unionville and perennial runner-up Kennett when people talk about Southern Chester County League field hockey.

The fact that the Braves are the only SCCL team still alive in the postseason has to be satisfying for them.

It will be even more satisfying if they are able to win today's District 1 Class AA consolation game against Radnor. A victory would earn the Braves (12-4-1) their first trip to the state tournament since 1985, when they were district champions.

Octorara dropped to the consolation bracket with a 2-1 loss to Upper Moreland on Tuesday. Stacey Hammond scored 6 minutes into the game to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, but Upper Moreland regrouped and gradually applied more and more pressure until they were able to tie and then win the game.

"It was almost like it was too easy to move the ball to start with," Octorara coach Deb Atkins said. "But when (Upper Moreland) settled down and played harder, we didn't. We kind of sat back and didn't regain it."

One good sign for Atkins and the Braves was the way they picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes, when they made several unsuccessful attempts to tie the game.

"It was nice to see us rally at the end. I guess the good thing about this is that they know they could play better and now it's time to pick up the pieces and go on," Atkins said. "They have to realize that it's not over, that we have a chance to go to states."

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