“We just tried to keep playing our game” Shereidan coach Derry Zachery said. “We beat them pretty handily in the season, but I knew that was a fluke. I knew they were going to be an evenly matched team, so I just kept on our girls to weather the storm. They’ve got a load of seniors and I knew they were going to fight and fight and fight and our girls were going to have to match that. I think our girls did a pretty good job of matching their intensity and getting some shots and getting one in the back of the net.”
Eastern’s best chances in the first half were on free kicks by Savannah Rees, but her two best efforts were just off target. The best chance for Eastern in the second half was in the final minute of the game when a good pass found midfielder Emily Harvath in stride, with a defender on the wrong side, and with a clean look at goal but Harvath’s pressured shot from 20 yards out went off target.
Summe had two saves in the Sheridan net. While the Comets couldn’t counter with an equalizer, they made Sheridan work all game long to keep an advantage.
“I think we were more aggressive on the field [than earlier in the season], better to the ball,” Chris Rees said. “Our big problem early on in the year has been passing and I think we did a little bit better with that, but I’d still like to see it better than it was. Seniors knew it was their last game and they stepped up. I’m very, very proud of everybody on the team. They all contributed. I’m just sad it had to come to an end.”
Rees expects to step down as coach now that the season is over. His daughter Savannah is graduating as part of the large senior group.
“Most of them I’ve coached since they were 4 or 5 years old and I was happy to be able to finish their career,” he said.