THOMAS â€” Nursing a one goal lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game the Snake River LAdy Panthers knew they were going to face some pressure from visiting Teton.
What they did not know was just how much pressure they would be under in those final minutes.
The Lady Panthers stopped five Redskins scoring chances in the final minutes to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
During the last 10 minutes Lady Panthers was busy trying to keep the ball away from their net, while a feisty Teton squad sent chance after chance their way.
"It was really frustrating and really gut wrenching because we knew they wanted to score, but we wanted to win so badly, senior captain Darci Polatis said. "As captains we have to coach our team, our coach does not want to coach us, he wants us to coach us. I just tried to keep everyone calm while he helped from the sidelines."
The Lady Panthers got on the board first when Scout Baldwin made a run toward the goal down the right hand side of the field towards the Teton goal. As she cut into the goal box she was dragged down from behind and the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick.
Polatis took the kick and made it count to give the team a 1-0 lead.
"I love to the one kicking the ball," Polatis said off the free kick. "I look to see if the goalie is nervous, and if they are nervous I know it is going in. I just keep calm and it is like a foul shot in basketball, you know it is going in."
Snake River led 1-0 at halftime.
During his speech at halftime Snake River head coach Randy Turpin employed his team to control the possession of the game and try to keep the ball out of there own end of the field. He did say how he was pleased that the team despite giving up a lot of scoring chances held firm and went into halftime leading.
Snake River was the first to get on the board in the second half when Baldwin sent a crossing pass across the goal box and found a sliding Raegan Martin who sent it into the back of the net.
Teton answered a few minutes later when Sara Madsen struck a ball from 30 yards out that found the the back of the Panther net.
But that was all the Redskins could muster.
Snake River hosts Sugar-Salem today at 4:30 p.m.