|Jess Erchul 4 goals, assist (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
The victory capped an outstanding third season for the fledgling program, one in which the Tigers won eight of 12 games and played competitively in all.
"This was a great cap on a great season," Tiger coach Dan Perkins said. "It was senior night and they controlled the game. Fourteen of our 17 goals came from the seniors."
Win No. 8 wasn't an easy one, however. The teams were tied 8-8 after a back-amd-forth first half. Pickens said some changes of strategy over the break helped produce the win.
"We had to go over some defensive reminders," Pickens said, "and after that we only gave up three more goals.
"With this win we became the 15th ranked team in the state, a long way from where we were a few years ago....This is a team full of athletes; it's fun to watch them play."
|Betsy Anderson 3 goals, assist (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
Haley Bradshaw, the team's leading scorer, didn't record a goal but led in assists with two. Jolicoeur, Midboe, Anderson and Erchul each added one.
Maddie Kohlbeck picked up her eighth win of the season. facing 25 shots and recording 14 saves.
The fine regular season earned the Tigers the No. 6 seed in next week's Section 3 tournament. They will entertain No. 11 Bloomington Kennedy (7-6) Monday night at Tiger Stadium in the opening round. Start time is 7:30 p.m.
"They (Kennedy) beat us in the first round a couple of years ago, something like 20-3," Pickens said. "I am confident this time it will be a different story."