The game started quickly for the Thunder when Hannah Manwaring scored in the opening two minutes. The Gaels would respond with three goals of their own by three different players; Lauren Linderer, Skylar Minden and Caitlin Lindstrom. With the thunder down two, Eden Freiberg snagged one back. Manwaring took it upon herself to get the lead for Desert Hills scoring back to back goals to give the Thunder the lead 4-3. Thunder attacker Adi Ellsworth caught a nice feed inside and scored her first goal of the day to put Desert Hills up two goals. Bishop Gorman and Desert Hills traded two more goals apiece to go into halftime 7-5 for the Thunder.
Bishop Gorman came out at half time determined to keep their three year undefeated streak alive by scoring the next five goals of the game to take a 7-10 lead.Thunder Coach Kendra Robinson called a timeout in an attempt to slow down the onslaught of goals. Coach Robinson said, “I knew my team would respond. I called the timeout to help get the girls out of their own heads. Thankfully it worked.” The timeout worked as Freiberg scored the next goal. Jena Bishop added one of her own to put bring the Thunder within one. Desert Hills controled the next draw and Bishop tied the game with just 59 seconds left in the game. The game ended with three straight saves for Thunder goalie Ashley Evans.
Overtime started with Bishop picking up where she left scoring her fifth goal of the game to put Desert Hills up one. The Thunder won the next draw and Freiberg scored her third goal of the game just 30 seconds after Bishop. Freiberg won the next draw and the Thunder stalled out the remaining two minutes of the first half of overtime.
Desert Hills opened the second half of overtime by winning the opening draw and stalling out the entire second half to seal the win for the Thunder. “I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” said Coach Robinson, “they work hard and have improved so much this year, they deserve this win.”
Desert Hills was led by Jena Bishop who had 5 goals and 11 draw controls. Ashlie Robinson also had 11 draw controls. Ashley Evans had 16 saves on 26 shots for the Thunder.
Desert Hills is currently undefeated in their first varsity season in the Las Vegas league.