Tonawanda News — Pelitera’s struggles can be attributed to the dominant net-minding of Sacred Heart junior goalie Erica Dombrowki, who stopped 26 shots, including many in traffic during the Thunder’s second-half fury as they attempted to get back into the game. Mroz called Dombrowski “the star of the game.”
Sacred Heart got on the board first, 1-0, and then led 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 before separating itself and attaining a 6-3 halftime advantage.
Dauria was disappointed that her team’s senior class, one of the most impressive in school history, exited with a loss.
“The league is getting better and everyone is catching up with us,” Dauria said. “We had an amazing run. … at some point, you just can’t win the championship every year. Everyone is gunning for you every single game. It wears on you, the pressure wears on you, and I think that’s what happened today.”
There was a common theme among both sides in post-game discussions: Mount St. Mary had everything to lose and Sacred Heart had everything to gain.
“I told them they have a lot to be proud of, no matter what,” Dauria said.
Mroz said she couldn’t sleep Wednesday night and she was shaking before the championship game.
She had no idea she’d be shaking again – this time from a congratulatory water bath rather than nerves – when the final buzzer sounded.
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