Written by Peter Redebaugh
In a game that was back and forth, Birmingham Unified lost their third straight game, against Clarkston 12-10, bringing their record to 2-5.
After BU captured an early lead of 5-2, Clarkston responded by scoring five goals to make the score 7-5 at halftime.
At the beginning of the second half, junior Adam Sussalla scored a goal that appeared to give BU an 8-7 lead, but the goal was taken away because of a crease violation.
After the no-goal, Clarkston gained momentum and scored four straight goals and went on to win the game 12-10.
Despite losing the game, BU players found positives from the game.
“Although we lost, the game was a good benchmark for the team’s skill, potential, and future,” senior Xavier Taylor said. “Our defense needs to play more aggressive in practice to fully prepare the team.”
In BU’s first game in their trip to Pennsylvania, they played Sewickley (PA) in a game that was never close.
The Bulldogs quickly fell behind 3-0 and were never able to rebound, trailing the rest of the game and eventually losing 14-7.
Senior JD Hess, Senior John Quay, and Sussalla each had two goals in the game.
The following day BU played Shadyside academy in the last of their Midwest games.
The Bulldogs fell behind early, but fought back to take a 5-3 lead behind goals from Hess, Sussalla and Quay.
Shadyside then scored two goals to tie it up before halftime at five goals.
The third quarter was highly contested with goals going back and forth, but Shadyside dominated the final 1:30 scoring three straight goals.
Both teams scored one goal in the fourth quarter, giving Shadyside the 11-8 victory.
“Coming home with two losses is definitely a disappointment but we are making strides towards improvement,” Hess said.
BU plays Dublin Jerome (OH) and Western Reserve (OH) this weekend at Seaholm.