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O'Dea vs Seattle Prep - PV State Championship Recap

Congratulations to the O’Dea Fighting Irish on their 14-10 Private Championship victory over the Seattle Prep Panthers in a game where they never lost the lead at Starfire Field. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

The Irish came out of this game swinging putting up a fast three goal lead in the first three minutes of the game. Seattle Prep was immediately put on their heels as they searched for offensive possession. As soon as they gained control they were able to find their first goal. O’Dea committed a pair of penalties shortly after that allowing an easy pick-up for the Panthers making it 3-2. The Irish found one last goal before sending it to the second quarter after winning a ground ball battle and getting past three defenders to the cage.

The second quarter was getting even more competitive with the Panthers capitalizing on another EMO to start. Both teams would trade off another goal keeping it even but O’Dea found one last shot with five seconds left in the half to keep their lead 6-4. The Irish started to turn up the heat in the second half finding two quick goals in the first four minutes. Seattle Prep would get a goal but only to have it answered by another pair of goals by O’Dea. The third quarter belonged to the Irish as the prepared to close this game up heading into the final quarter 11-6.

The Panthers rallied themselves for the final stretch unwilling to go down easily. They put together a series that awarded them three goals with six minutes of game left to play making the Irish very reachable. By this point the crowd was going wild and the game seemed up for grabs for the Panthers. O’Dea just remained composed and kept the scores coming running together another pair of goal keeping the trophy well out of reach from Seattle Prep. With little time to play at this point the Irish snuffed out their rivals 14-10 refusing to have a repeat disappointment from last year occur again as they went on to take State Championship glory.

O’Dea All-American senior midfielder Cole Daninger ended his final game with his team in style with four goals and two assists on the night. Senior midfielder Sam Dracobly also had a great game with three goals and an assist for his team. A great ending to a great season for the Irish as they say good-bye to a stellar group of ten seniors this year.

“Our leadership with the senior class was amazing and you can’t be prouder with this group.” Said head coach Drew Snider. “It was a rollercoaster up and down at times and we stuck with it and sure enough here we are.” For a team that lost to the Panthers twice in regular season, they showed a tremendous amount of growth leading up to the big game. Snider was happy to see his underclassman step up this year and play with maturity, which ultimately contributed to their great season and fantastic finish.

Story by Michael Thornbloom.