Score one for the power of positive thinking.
Seventy-eight seconds away from a season-ending defeat to rival North East, the Rising Sun girls soccer team tied it on an Abigail Backert goal before prevailing in a penalty shootout 1-1, (3-1 penalties) Tuesday, October 30, at Calvert Regional Park.
Rosa Reid, Raigan McLoughlin, and Katelyn Willis each converted a penalty kick and goalie Kira Watson made two saves in the shootout.
The North East field hockey team was ousted from the playoffs with a 7-1 region semifinal loss to North Harford Monday, October 29.
Rising Sun football players didn't view their 13-12 triumph over Harford Tech as a major upset.
Perhaps that's why the host Tigers managed to pull it off on a soggy Saturday afternoon.
Although many outsiders expected the previously undefeated Cobras would prevail, one group in particular thought otherwise.
"It's amazing," Rising Sun senior Dustin Flowers said. "You couldn't have written it up any better than this. No one expected us to do this. Not one person. We just believed in ourselves and we came out here and did it."
North East's Alex Hoffman continued to have success against Elkton.
Hoffman scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 20:04 remaining in regulation off a cross from Catie Roberts to lift the Indians girls soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Elks in a first round playoff game Friday afternoon.
The Rising Sun volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 25-6, 25-12, 25-2 rout of visiting C. Milton Wright Thursday night.
Breelyn Young served 14 aces for the Tigers. Sophia Eckerd recorded a team-high 12 kills and Emily Jackson had four kills. Megan Hoyle notched 20 assists.
North East's Abby Riley contracted a serious case of the feels.
The Indians' midfielder scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to propel her team to a pulsating, pressure-packed triumph (0-0, 2-1 in the 1 v 1 shootout) over its fiercest rival, Rising Sun, in a field hockey region tournament game Thursday afternoon.
"It is the best feeling in the entire world," said Riley. "I've never felt a feeling ever like that before. It was, by far, the best feeling I've ever had."
The Rising Sun girls finished fifth and the Bohemia Manor boys were sixth at the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference cross country championship meet in Churchville Tuesday, October 23.
The Perryville volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-1 triumph over host North East Monday night, October 22.
Bohemia Manor boosted its playoff aspirations with a 19-14 victory over host North East Friday night.
The Rising Sun boys and girls soccer program held Senior Night Wednesday, October 17.