The playoffs have begun and every team is fighting hard to make it to the next round. The Waterford Ravens came out on top of today’s fight against the Orem Tigers, winning 8-6.
Waterford’s strategy did not change from the season to playoffs. They are known for working the ball around the restraining box again and again to make sure that they are setting up the right play. Knowing how they play does not make it any easier to defeat them, and Orem found that out today.
“We controlled the ball well for most of the game,” commented Waterford Head Coach Dave Brattin. “We were able to play our offense. We eliminated a lot of the mental mistakes. I thought the guys played really well, confident. They were believing in our system.”
The Tigers opened up the scoring and was in control of the ball for a good part of the first half. Waterford changed it up scoring two goals of their own, one from midfielder David Lewis and the other by attackman Luke Pyper.
The second quarter was much like the first. Waterford scored first, followed by a goal from Orem. Both teams had their fair share of control of the ball and were shooting, but had trouble scoring. With just 7 seconds left in the half, Lewis scored again, assisted by Matthew West.
Orem was able to score twice in the third quarter, including once while man-up and another time in transition. Waterford matched the Tiger’s two goals with two of their own. West was able to score with just 11 seconds left in the third.
As the game rolled on into the fourth, Waterford was taking control of the ball more and more. They scored their final two goals to put themselves up 8-4. With Just over 3 minutes left in the game, Orem was not willing to let the game go. They scored another two goals, including a man-up goal, but were unable to catch up to Waterford.
“The one thing about our system, we are not blowing the doors off anybody. We are playing everything close,” said Coach Brattin.
Waterford will travel to Mountain Crest on Saturday to face the Mustangs in a rematch of last year’s Boys D-II Championship game. Mountain Crest claimed the championship with an 11-10 win.
“We hope to work ourselves deep into the playoffs,” said Brattin. “We try to set a goal of final four. To get to that point is going to be difficult. As it is set up, we’ve got to go to Mountain Crest. We know what happened last year, so it is kind of a revenge factor. We’d like to get another shot at those guys and hopefully we can neutralize their strong players.”