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EAST MARLBOROUGH -- Heading into overtime, the odds of winning were not in West Chester Henderson's favor.

Not with Katie O'Donnell, Pennsylvania's all-time leading goal scorer, ejected from the game with her second card of the morning.

It didn't matter to Ryann Bauer. She knew the Warriors just needed one goal.

"We knew Katie was out so we couldn't rely on her (to score it),' Bauer said. "The first goal wins so we just had to get it done.'

That's exactly what Bauer did as she capitalized off a turnover and netted the game-winner with 1:53 remaining in the first overtime to give Henderson a 14-13 win over Unionville Saturday.

Bauer, who led Henderson with five goals, was in this similar situation last season against Unionville. This time, she decided to just take a shot.

"I just kind of went for it,' Bauer said. "I was extremely nervous but knew I had to step up with Katie out. She has been such a big part of our team and it's tough to think we wouldn't be playing with her. Today showed we can still win.'

The win sent a statement to the rest of District 1 as Henderson (9-2, 14-3), which clinched third place in the Ches-Mont, can compete without its top scorer on the field.

"I'm just very proud of the girls for stepping up even without Katie O (O'Donnell) on the field,' said Henderson coach Steph Kienle. "It let our younger girls get an opportunity to shine and they took care of it. I had no doubt they could step up.'


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Bauer's goal was the third attempt Henderson had at the game-winner in the final eight minutes of game action. Katie Heismann's goal with 36.1 seconds left was disallowed after a stick check by the officials.

Just 20 seconds later, O'Donnell fired a shot past Unionville goalie Hadley Mattola but it was waved off after a whistle stopped play.

In the final second of regulation, O'Donnell picked up her second card which ejected her from the game. She is eligible to play in Henderson's District 1 opener Tuesday.

"Having those two goals called back just gets the intensity and emotions running,' Kienle said. "The girls just kept a level head and knew what to do.'

O'Donnell was dominant throughout the game was winning draw controls and scoring three goals as Henderson led 12-10 with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Then came an unbelievable rally by the Indians.

Jillian Zubillaga, Katie Garvey and Molly Wentz scored as the Indians netted three goals in a 30-second span for a 13-12 lead with 8:07 to play in regulation; their first lead of the morning.

"We didn't have a very good first half,' said Unionville coach Wendy Landry. "We need to strive for consistency going forward. Turnovers were the difference and they capitalized on it.'

A turnover led to the equalizer for Henderson as the Warriors set a pick for O'Donnell to get a shot off. She blasted one past Mattola to tie it 13-13 with 3:47 left in regulation.

O'Donnell had four goals and has 114 on the season. She has 411 in her career.

After Wentz took the lead for Unionville, Henderson's defense held the Indians scoreless for the final 11:14 of the game.

Once Unionville (7-4, 12-5) went on its rally, Sara Laudermilch and the Henderson defense started communicating more on the field.

"We're a really close team,' Laudermilch said. "Our defense just came together, worked hard, talked on the field and just stepped up when we needed to.'

That was the theme for Henderson in their final regular season game: stepping up. Heisman and the Warriors know they can play under adversity, which is a huge positive heading into the district playoffs.

"We really are a team that works together,' Heisman. "It just shows how close we are on and off the field. With Katie cheering us on the sidelines, we just came out ready to play. This win was huge and we're ready to take it to them.'

NOTES: Unionville's Rachel Hughes scored her 100th career goal with 20:18 left in the second half. She finished with three goals in the game. "Rachel is such a team player,' said Landry. "It was nice to see her get that. She's such a competitor and I was proud to see her get it at home today.'

West Chester Henderson 14, Unionville 13

W.C. Henderson 8 5 1--14

Unionville 6 7 0—13

W.C. Henderson goals: Bauer 5, O'Donnell 4, Reichart 2, Heisman, Hagen, DeAgostine.

Unionville goals: Hughes 3, Garvey 3, Zubillaga 2, Blair 2, Breeding 2, Wentz.

Goalie saves: Cantor (WCH) 9; Mattola (U) 4.