Everything was set up for a rare big stage game for Lower Moreland. It was the Lady Lions' first game on their brand new turf field. It was their annual breast cancer awareness game and they were matched up against their neighborhood rival.
So when juniors Corey Mayer and Lindsay Boerner helped Lower Moreland to come from behind to win, it was a big deal for Coach Danielle Kline and her team.
"This was a huge win coming from behind twice and then winning in overtime,' Kline said. "ANC (Academy New Church) is our neighboring rivals, so it felt good to win this.'
The final result was 3-2 overtime win for the Lady Lions over ANC in a non-league meeting at Lower Moreland High School on Monday afternoon in the school's sixth annual Play for the Cure game, which helps to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Trailing 2-1 with roughly five minutes to play in regulation, Mayer scored her second goal to tie things up. In overtime, Mayer sent a perfect pass to Boerner, who scored less than two minutes into the extra period to give Lower Moreland (5-3, 4-3) the victory.
"It was really rewarding to finally put that goal in at the end,' Boerner said. "After such a hard-fought game like that, it felt really good to do that for LM (Lower Moreland). It was a huge win, especially since it was against one of our biggest rivals in ANC, and to come back after being down was really great.'
ANC (7-2) led 1-0 following a goal by sophomore Chelsea Duggan at the mid-point of the first half. Lower Moreland was able to tie it up with only 43 seconds to play in the first half, as Mayer tallied her first goal.
In the second half, ANC's Myrta Asphundh scored at the 21:28 mark thanks to an assist by Zie Cooper, which put ANC up 2-1. Mayer's game-tying goal came after she beat a defender and lifted a perfect shot into the upper left corner of the cage.
"Corey (Meyer) and Lindsay (Boerner) were amazing there at the end for us,' Kline said. "They always get the job done and that was amazing. They're great players and always a pleasure to coach.'
The win sent Lower Moreland's players running onto the field, a recently built turf which the team had never played on before.
"I've had parents that have dealt with breast cancer, so winning on this day always means a lot,' Kline said. "Winning for the first time on our new turf and on a special day made it an even better win for us.'
Despite the loss, ANC coach Whin Brown-Sylla said her team was happy to be a part of Lower Moreland's special day.
"That was actually our third overtime game of the season and I think our girls were extremely exhausted by the end of the game, but they still really fought hard,' she said. "But we are really happy that we got to play on this turf and be part of the Play for the Cure game. It was good to be a part of that type of awareness.'
ANC did seem to outplay Lower Moreland until the end, but not where it mattered most. ANC finished with nine corners to six for Lower Moreland.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Schauder stopped six shots in net for ANC, while senior Claire McPherson stopped eight shots in net for Lower Moreland to earn the win.Follow Mike Prince on Twitter @Mike_prince21