In what was an emotional night in remembrance of Eastside’s star soccer and lacrosse player Sarah Landauer who died march 9th, Gainesville (2-4) and Eastside (0-6) went toes to toe for all 48 minutes. With just over 2 minutes remaining in the game, the ‘Canes Captain and Junior Midfielder Adam Horn took advantage of the extra man offense and powered in a blast from 10 yards out in the wing, to defeat the Rams and give Gainesville its first ever berth in the 2011 District Playoffs.
The Canes jumped out early with a 3-0 lead under Freshman Jack Cornell’s dominant Face offs and 2 of the Canes first 3 goals.
But before an emotionally charged home field crowd, the rams stormed back and locked the game at 3 by halftime.
Both teams then went toe to toe like to championship prizefighters in the 2nd half, the margin never moving above one goal.
Finally with 3:29 remaining GHS senior Charlie Fernandez drew a slashing call and the Canes used a final time out to set up a play for the extra man unit.Â The ensuing goal sends the Hurricanes into the playoffs as the 4 seed in District 4.
Hurricane Head Coach Chuck Rogan described the contest as “Gutsy and physical”, adding ” I didnâ€™t have the privilege of knowing Sarah Landauer, but from everything some of my guys who knew her said, she was a tremendous young woman, and an example of what an athlete truly is. I have to think, she would have been thrilled at the way both these teams showed heart and courage, competing literally down to the final two seconds of the game. I am proud of both teams tonight, and thankful my guys earned a place in the GHS program’s history by getting that spot in Districts. They’ve (GHS) been through a lot of setbacks this season, and I hope they learned they can face adversity head on, in whatever form it takes, and win.”
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