The Cougars applied noticeably more pressure to the HFC goal in the second half but couldn’t capitalize until the clock got down to single digits. With 8:14 showing, Treinen floated a beautiful pass to the left post from outside and Schwartz went up and headed it into the cross-corner to tie the game.
“It was a perfect pass,” Schwartz said. “He got it to the post and I was able to get it the rest of the way. It was a key goal because time was starting to run out.”
The Cougars continued to apply pressure the remainder of the half but came up empty. The two overtimes were more even as both goalies provided staunch defense.
“I just told the guys to play smart,” Aspelund said of the overtimes. “I said it’s OK to take some risks on offense but we want eight or nine guys back on the defensive side of the field.”
East’s second-half surge resulted in a final shots-on-goal total that saw the Cougars with a 22-9 advantage. East also had a 9-8 edge in corner kicks.
Like his coach, Schwartz said he knew going in that Saturday’s game would be tough.
“They play a very tough schedule so we knew not to be fooled by their record,” he said. “It was a very physical game. Both teams just kept battling to till the end.
“Overall I thought we played well. We made a couple of mistakes in the first half that they caught us on, but otherwise it was a pretty solid effort.”
The draws leaves HFC with a 1-4-2 record. East (5-1-3) returns to the pitch at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a Big Nine Conference game in Austin.
Waseca girls 2, East 1: The Waseca Bluejays received goals from Brittany and Katelyn Miller to slip past Mankato East in the nonconference game played Saturday in Waseca.
With the game tied at 1-1, Katelyn Miller put in the game-winner with one minute left in the first half. Rebekah Kolstad scored the only goal for East off a corner kick.
The loss evens Mankato East’s record at 4-4. The Cougars host Austin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.