Canterbury eliminated by Out-of-Door in regional quarterfinals.
Canterbury came ready to play on Thursday night, but it was Out-of-Door Academy that finished, winning 20-9 to eliminate the Cougars in a regional quarterfinal.
The Thunder broke open a close game in the second half, thanks to a plethora of goals from Elle Laclair and Adelaide Mahler.
Canterbury coach Wylie Crisanti was pleased with the way the season turned out, although he wanted to go further in the postseason.
"We told the girls coming into the game to take care of the ball, and only take good shots," Crisanti said. "We knew if we controlled the possession they couldn't get the ball from us, so the goal was to take good shots.
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"It worked in the beginning, and I think it surprised them a little because we didn't have four of our players the first time we played. We just let it get away from us."
The Cougars (14-3) scored the first three goals from their two playmakers, Tammy Torres and Bailey White. Out-of-Door capitalized with three of their own in a span of less than four minutes following a timeout. The teams exchanged goals all the way to eight. Torres finished her final game with seven goals, and White added two.
That was a much better start than the last time the teams played, which the Thunder won 14-1. Canterbury did not have Torres and White in that match.
Out-of-Door made adjustments on defense at halftime, limiting the Cougars to only one goal and controlling possession.
"We went back to the fundamentals, the footwork, and the basic skills," Out-of-Door head coach Kippie Crouch said. "Any time two teams meet on the field, you never know what's going to happen. We watched some film to see if there were any trends, but we primarily focused on team defense and attack."
Out-of-Door will advance to face an unbeaten Naples (21-0) at Staver Field on Monday night in the regional semifinal.