MANSFIELD – The last time Midlothian played Mansfield Timberview, it allowed a late goal in a moment of weakness that decided the results.
The team had flashbacks to that moment on Tuesday. Then, it did something about it.
After seeing the Lady Wolves tie the game at 1-1 just over seven minutes into the second half, the Lady Panthers responded with Kaitlin Bush’s booming shot about 13 minutes later to reclaim the lead and earn a 2-1 win.
“I think whenever they scored we just got focused and decided that it was our turn to win, that we weren’t going to give anything away,” Bush said. “We got it forward, got composed and put one in the back of the net.”
The win continues Midlothian’s turn around in the second half of district play. After going 4-3 in the first round of district, the Lady Panthers have rattled off six straight victories, avenging losses to Mansfield Legacy and now Timberview. The last hurdle of the revenge tour comes in the regular season finale against Mansfield on Friday.
Against Timberview, Midlothian (12-6-3, 10-3 district ) found itself in somewhat unfamiliar territory for this time of the year. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Midlothian but when the lights at Vernon Newsom Stadium failed on Feb. 18 the game was moved with the second date rescheduled as a home game for the Lady Wolves.
Adding to the confusion was a time change when the game was moved from an 8 p.m. kick to a noon start time with spring break going on for both districts. Despite all the changes, the Lady Panthers came out ready to play.
Eliza Carey put the team on the board about 12 minutes into the game taking a shot in for a lead that would hold until halftime thanks to a strong defense. The game appeared to be changing when Timberview tied things up on that goal but instead of crumbling Midlothian stood tall.
“Nobody hung their heads. It was 1-1 and they probably could’ve folded at that point. But we’ve got to a point in the season now where everybody understands it’s not over until that final horn,” coach Sid Danner said. “They stepped up. Kaitlin Bush did a great job finishing that ball off. That’s awesome.”
With a handful of players battling fatigue, injury and illness, substitutions took over the field and kept things rolling. The Midlothian defense spent much of the remaining 19 minutes playing keep-away while pressing the Lady Wolves’ attack. The result were a few shots on goal that were easy to stop for the defense.
The win keeps the Lady Panthers right in the thick of the District 5-5A race with the regular season set to close out on Friday and bi-district playoffs slated for March 28-29.
Overcoming adversity might be stressful but it’s something the team is happy to take on whenever it rolls its way.
“It’s really good because it gets our confidence up for the playoffs that we have coming up,” Carey said.
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