April 26th, 2019

Sacred Heart Holds on to win 21-13 over Assumption in Pink and White Game

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Sacred Heart Holds on to win 21-13 over Assumption in Pink and White Game
Valkyries beat Rockets 21-13 in Pink and White/ Photo by Samantha Stallings

For the Second year in a row Sacred Heart roared past Assumption in the annual Pink and White game, 21-13.

 “It was insane. I know a lot of us that tried out and starting from freshmen year we wanted to be on this team,” said Sacred Heart’s Lauren Payne (soccer). “To come out and play hard and get the win was amazing.

On a blustery night at St. Xavier’s Brother Thomas More Stadium the White team prevailed in a tight game that would come down to the last drive.

“That was a good Assumption team tonight. They played really well,” said Sacred Heart Head Coach Marc Breit. “We made some plays that we needed to make when we had to make them. I am very proud how the girls played.”

Assumption began the game going deep into Sacred Heart territory before Grace Moore’s (Soccer/Track and Field) pass was incomplete giving Sacred Heart the ball on their own 14 yard line.

Sacred Heart’s first possession Brielle Hueglin, (Soccer) ran 60 yards down the field for a Sacred Heart Touchdown. The point after was no good. Sacred Heart lead going into the second quarter 6-0.

The Rockets gained some momentum when Moore threw a 27 yard pass to Braxton Downs, (Softball). The Softball and Basketball standout, Maggie Metzger scored the first touchdown run before half for the Rockets to put the score at half 6-6.

The Valkyries would be the only ones to score in the third quarter as Payne kept the ball to run it in for a touchdown and the PAT to put SHA up 13-6 with 4:37 left in the quarter.

Both Assumption and Sacred Heart both recorded interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Rockets by Bailey Binkley and the Valkyries by Meg Williams (soccer).

Assumption’s Moore later in the fourth quarter would take it in herself for the touchdown and PAT to tie the game at 13.

But the Valkyries weren’t finished with 18.6 seconds left in the game Payne threw to Mattie Tabor, University of Louisville Field Hockey signee to give the Valkyries the 19-13 lead Sacred Heart would go for two to seal the 21-13 victory.  

“The players on the field went off script and at that time we decided to go for the end zone, and go for the win,” said Breit. “We thought we would win it in overtime if we didn’t win it right there.”

“We came up with the play on the spot. We all just went crazy and we couldn’t believe it,” said Payne. “We kind of knew we had it right then, so we were super excited.

While this game means everything to the Assumption and Sacred Heart players the reason the game exist is because four schools want to find a cure for cancer.

Those other two schools are St. Xavier and Trinity, who provided the halftime entertainment with dances. You can find the schools epic performances on our Facebook page. 

Established in 2008, the Pink White game is a charity fundraising event for the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program and has raised more than $270,000 for local breast cancer programs.

 

 

 

 

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