BUTLER TWP — Down 3-0 just 20 minutes into the match against rival Seneca Valley, Butler girls soccer coach Steve Perri was not thinking about a comeback.
He simply wanted to see his team play better than it had.
“I’m not much of a yeller, per se,” Perri said. “But I challenged them a little bit at halftime. It was just, ‘Guys, to be better going forward, we have to be better than this.’”
Freshman Chloe Weiland, though, did think the Golden Tornado could rally for a win.
Butler (9-5-2, 7-4-1) nearly did in the first meeting between the two schools when the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 victory.
Weiland stored that experience in the back of her mind.
Her teammates did, too.
Weiland made sure this comeback was completed, scoring the match-tying and match-winning goals in the second half to cap a wild and improbable 4-3 home win over Seneca Valley Monday night.
“I knew we could do it,” Weiland said. “We knew we could do it. We just got fired up and got our momentum going.”
This is an excerpt — read more about the game in Tuesday’s Butler Eagle.