continued “I was definitely nervous, but you try to keep your head,” Burrows said. “It’s great to have that pressure and be able to come through for your team. They rely on you. Forwards are picked up by midfield, defense and the goalie and no one picks up the goalie. You’re the only one back there.”
Etoll pulled most of his team behind the ball to defend against the Lakers’ onslaught. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, a deflection in the Westhill 18-yard box kicked out toward Burr on the left side.
It was a near-perfect setup. Burr ripped a low liner toward the bottom-left corner, but the shot deflected off two Warriors defenders eight yards from goal and time expired.
“I believe in my defense,” Powell said. “I know they can do the best. If we pack it in and do our best, we’re not getting scored on. I’m telling you we’re not getting scored on.”
The Warriors lost in the state championship game in 2003 and 2004. The 2012 Westhill is squad is three wins away from its ultimate goal, and Powell, Ben Yehuda and Burrows all agreed this team still has a lot more to give.
“Was this our best?," Powell said. "No, not at all. I expect more, much more.”