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WEST GOSHEN — It just didn’t feel right to Unionville to be without the Flyers Cup Girls title for a year.
After all, the Indians had won four straight championships since 2010 before losing it to Downingtown East.
But all is right again in their world as the Indians reclaimed the title in an 8-2 win over West Chester East Monday night.
“It is very nice to reclaim that trophy,” said Unionville coach Dave Elvin. “We are very relieved to have the trophy back and look forward to defending it.”
Things were a little shaky in the start of the game, however, when West Chester East scored two goals 13 seconds apart in the opening minutes.
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“We came off, I think, a little confident,” said Unionville forward Madison Doucette. “We underestimated them a little bit. They’re a good team. But we got back on it, and that’s what is important.”
The girls settled back into their game and had things tied up before the end of the first period.
“It was a little bit of everything,” said Doucette. “We calmed down as a team and realized what we were trying to do here and we just put it together.”
After that, Unionville took control and never looked back, tacking on four goals in the second before adding two more in the third.
“They got a little stunned there in the beginning,” Elvin said. “The girls play with an awful lot of confidence — they settled down pretty nicely and then went after it with a great deal of intensity. I’m quite proud of how they responded.”
Though the upperclassmen knew what it was like to win before, it was a whole new experience for the new girls.
As much as you can describe what it feels like to lift the trophy above your head, it still doesn’t completely capture the moment, as Doucette, a freshman who not only had a hat trick in the game, but also was named the tournament MVP, found out.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot about it, but it’s better than I expected.”
For the outgoing seniors, bringing the championship back was something they had been looking forward to doing, especially with this group of teammates.
“It feels amazing,” said Unionville captain Catherine Ward. “For my senior year with these girls — I’ve never felt closer to a team before. Just to be down two in the first period and beat them 8-2 just feels amazing.”