Tait's OT Goal Downs Palatine
May. 6, 2017
Lane (7-3) travelled to Palatine High School to take on the winless Pirates (0-12). Senior attackman, Brian Tait, opened the scoring for Lane, scored the tying goal in regulation, and then the winner in the second overtime to secure the victory. Tait finished with six goals and three assists in the game.
The game was close throughout. 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and 4-4 at half time. It wasn't until the waning minutes of the game that Palatine pulled ahead 12-10. Junior midfielder, Vince Wilkinson, ripped a high shot on the run to close the gap to 12-11. But a defensive breakdown gave Palatine a two man advantage in the final two minutes.
The defense redeemed itself with strong defensive play, particularly from Jacob Berry and Dane Holmes who came on in relief, and caused a turnover. With just over a minute in the game and still two men down, Tait restarted with the ball just inside the 50. Double-teamed, he split the defenders and ran to the goal, threw off a defender with a fake pass, and fired what any coach would consider to be an ill-advised shot (down two men) into the top-left corner to tie the game.
Palatine won the ensuing face-off and down one man with under a minute to go Lane's defense held strong. Squandered opportunities in the first four minute OT moved the game into the second OT where Palatine took an untimely penalty and gave Lane a man up opportunity.
Senior attackman, Jeff Gavin, moved the ball from X to Tait on the wing who shot low, but missed the net. Gavin backed up the shot and on the restart Gavin attacked again from X, but dished to Tait on the wing who ripped one off the inside post to win the game.
In the middle, junior midfielder, Vince Wilkinson, had a big day with 3 goals. Senior midfielder, Phil Syzmanski pitched in with two goals and an assist. Senior midfielder, Jon Starr, was instrumental on the clear bringing the ball safely to the offense on many occassions.
Sophomore Thomas West was in goal and came up with some big saves and great clears.
Scorers on the day were Brian Tait (6G/3A), Vince Wilkinson (3G), Phil Szymanski (2G/1A), Jeff Gavin (1G/2A), Ike Wolf (1G), and Jon Starr (1A).
The varsity meets in-conference rival, Lake Forest Academy (7-3) on Tuesday in Lake Forest.
The Lane JV team won 8-1 in the preceding game.