Emiley Shuey matched a career high with eight goals on Monday, April 18, when the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team took on Salisbury School. None of those goals, however, would compare to the late-game theatrics of the one she scored in sudden-death overtime.
After winning the draw, the Indians’ senior gunslinger charged the cage and took her shot — only to see it not go in.
A penalty on the Dragons, however, would give her a chance at redemption — and at finally sealing the win for her squad.
“I felt like I blew it,” Shuey said of her first attempt. “Then they put me on the center hash and — just like the whole game — we just needed to fake the goalie out. She was tall, so I shot low… and it went in.”
The score capped an 8-7 victory, and Shuey was rushed by a slew of ecstatic teammates — all in the first game of her return after sitting out for games against Red Lion on Monday, April 11, and Gunston Day School of Maryland on Friday, April 15.
Her eighth and final goal of the game may have been her most crucial, but according to head coach Kelsea Ayers, starting overtime with possession could have been even more so.
“First off, the draw is ours — there’s no if, ands or buts,” Ayers explained of what she told her team after the Dragons had sent the game to OT with a goal just before the end of regulation. “When you’re in a situation like that, everything is zero. The most important thing is to get the ball.”
While the Indians did end up getting the ball, and back to .500 on the season, they had to pull it off after giving up a 7-2 lead and enduring a near-comeback attempt by the Salisbury School.
“They battled back, but we just fought harder,” said Shuey. “We worked together. We do have some things we need to improve on, but it always feels great winning.”
Fresh off their third win of the season, the Indians mid-week were gearing up for a battle against Worcester Prep of Berlin, Md., on Thursday, April 21, (after Coastal Point press time), after a draw with the Mallards at the junior-varsity level last season.
They’ll hit the road to face St. Thomas More (3-2) on Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m., before returning home to take on Padua Academy (1-3), on Monday, April 25. That game gets under way at 4:30 p.m.