The Bulls built a three-goal lead early in the second quarter but then saw it slowly evaporate as St. Paul’s took advantage of miscues and turnovers. With six minutes left in the game, St. Paul’s scored to take their first lead of the contest at 7-6, and momentum was definitely not on the side of the Bulls. A Holderness timeout at that point let the team regroup and catch their breath. Thirty seconds later, Jared Carr made a strong individual move to the net and buried a bounce-shot past the St. Paul’s goalie. Now tied 7-7, the ensuing faceoff saw St. Paul’s take possession, but Holderness managed to create a turnover. A minute later, St. Paul’s created a turnover, and it was their turn to set up for the next shot. The Bulls defense prevailed again with a stop and a clear, and Holderness would take their last timeout with a minute left on the clock. When played resumed, the St. Paul’s defense was exceptional as they shut-off our attack and played aggressively on out midfielders. A number of loose-ball ensued, but it would be Spence Glascock who scooped up a ball on a scramble, beat multiple St. Paul’s defensemen, spun wildly toward the crease, and shot a low bounce shot that just crossed the goal line between the post and the goalie’s stick; twelve seconds left and the Bulls took an 8-7 lead. Sergio Yap did his consistently fine job on the ensuing faceoff, and the seconds ticked off the clock for the Bulls third victory of the season.
This was not a pretty game from the standpoint of crisp passing, organized defense and precision clears, but it was a game that could have easily slipped away from the home team but didn’t… one of those character-building games. Many players contributed key plays at key moments of the game, but ultimately the stars of the game go to Sergio Yap for his great work at the faceoff spot today and to Spence Glascock for competing through the pressure and making the big play when the team needed it the most.
The team heads off to Kimball Union on Wednesday for a 2:30 start.