By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
HERSHEY -- Nick Rieck found the ball at midfield and wasted no time sending a through ball to Tulpehocken's talented Brandon Daub. The senior Trojan dribbled it to just within a few yards of Lewisburg goalie Logan Cho and made a move at the last possible moment.
Daub slid and made a terrific shot to the far post just past Cho, netting a goal just 1:14 into overtime.
And just like that, Lewisburg's season came to an unfortunate end.
The Trojans scored two unanswered goals to defeat the Green Dragons at Henry Hershey Field at Milton Hershey School on Saturday afternoon, 2-1, in overtime in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
For the first 75 minutes of the game, Lewisiburg (19-3-1) kept the District 3 champion Tulpehocken (21-6) out of the net.
Both Daub and Robert Ekvall got deep into the Green Dragons' end and put pressure on Lewisburg's back line and freshman goalie Cho.
"Their plan of the game was to run everything through those two guys (Daub and Ekvall). They had a little on the outside. They were willing to come forward and be dangerous time to time, but clearly the game plan was they came in to run the ball through those two," Lewisburg coach Skip Kratzer said.
Ekvall prevented the shutout loss late in the second half. With 5:35 left to play, Ekvall took a loose ball down the right side of the field between the boxes and both Cho and Lewisburg's Kerry Shutt tried to swarm to the ball. As Cho slid and tried to grab it, Ekvall made a fantastic play to chip the ball up over Cho and fans in attendance watched with anxiety as the slow roller inched towards the far post and finally rolled in to tie the game up at 1-all.