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Lake Travis Stages An Epic Comeback To Beat Kingwood At Home

Will Richardson 3G, 1A STX #ManOfTheMatch

On Saturday afternoon on the campus of Lake Travis High School, senior midfielder Will Richardson, led the Lake Travis Cavaliers to an incredible come from behind 11-10 victory over the Kingwood Mustangs with 3 goals and 1 assist.

This Division 1 inter-district match-up was full of intrigue as both programs look to make their mark in 2020. Kingwood came into the game 3-3 while Lake Travis was undefeated at 4-0 to start their season. What unfolded Saturday afternoon is one of the best come from behind wins we have witnessed in quite some time.

Lake Travis was able to generate offense from 6 different players on Saturday in the win. Senior attack man, Sterling Hupp, had a huge day for the Cavaliers scoring 3 goals and 1 assist. Sophomores, Kaden Davis and Jonah Rogers, each scored twice and Preston Denney found the back of the net once. The Cavs offensive effort was bolstered by excellent face-off play, especially down the stretch, from Hunter Kirby.

The first quarter of action was intense with each team trading blows. As the game progressed on we saw two goalies (Case Mayes and Lucas Borchers) make multiple saves to keep the game close and the score was 2-2 headed into the second quarter. LT picked up an unsportsmanlike at the end of 1st ceding an Extra Man Opportunity for Kingwood to start the 2nd quarter. The Mustangs were able to capitalize on the penalty and kick off a 5-0 scoring run that brought the score to 7-2 in favor of Kingwood at halftime.

Jonah Rogers With the Smoke!

The Cavs would not go away easily, though. In the 3rd quarter of play, the Cavaliers came out firing on all cylinders and Hupp scored his first goal of the game less than a minute into the 3rd quarter. Hupp would complete his 3rd quarter hat trick to help Lake Travis outscore Kingwood 4-2 in the frame and bring LT back within a 3 goal deficit, 6-9, headed into the 4th quarter. Momentum continued to swing in Lake Travis's favor as the Cavaliers scored a man-up goal less than a minute into the final frame. Much of the 4th quarter was dominated by LT as Kirby was able to secure possession at the face-off X. With 3:27 remaining, Rogers brought the Cavs back within one and scored again with 2:59 on the clock to tie the game at 10 a piece. Shortly there after Richardson found the back of the net for the game winning goal and completed his hat trick for the afternoon.

Kingwood was led offensively by 4 different players that scored multiple goals in the tough loss on the road. Jack Jolley, Seaver Sasso, William Kauderer, and Caleb Tatum all scored twice for the Mustangs. John Imperato and Carson Sasso rounded out the scoring for Kingwood with 1 goal each. Ultimately, Kingwood's inability to slow down Kirby at X and some ill-communication against LT's pick game cost them against a very quality opponent.

Hats off to Lake Travis showing incredible resilience to come all the way back from a 5 goal deficit at half time and get the job done. With the win, LT advanced to 5-0 on the season. The Cavaliers would end the weekend 5-1 after dropping their next contest to The Woodlands the next day in another 1 goal game. With the loss, Kingwood moved to 3-4 before getting back to .500 on Sunday with a quality win over Austin High. Lake Travis heads north this weekend to take on Dallas Jesuit on Saturday and Flower Mound on Sunday. Kingwood now heads off for Spring Break before taking on Episcopal Houston in their Division 1 District Game on March 25th.

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