Writer Tom Scanlon
It wasn’t a massacre, but thanks to an intrepid goalkeeper, the girls’ soccer Division 2 state championship may be remembered in Notre Dame Preparatory history as the “St. Valentine’s Day Shootout.”
Following minute after minute of tense, scoreless play, the NDP girls’ soccer team’s season came down to penalty kicks against Campo Verde High School. Each side would take four kicks, with the kickers taking turns trying to blast the ball into the goal from short range. In this penalty kick scenario, no defenders are allowed other than the goalkeeper.
For Meredith Reinhardt, that meant continuing to keep Campo Verde shots out of the NDP goal. The game was played at Campo Verde, making this an even more difficult task for the Lady Saints. But led by the extraordinarily stubborn Reinhardt, NDP had won three previous playoff matches, twice by shootouts.
Indeed, NDP, which won a state title in 2009 and finished second two years later — both...