From the 23-yard line, Waterville senior Austin Hutchins lined up his show toward the goal.
With 90 seconds left to play in the second overtime, the Indians had a great chance to score and take the win at Brothertown Stadium over Cooperstown. The Indians received the gift when Waterville’s Rocco Padula went down hard on a push by the Hawkeyes too blatant to ignore.
As he does, Hutchins placed the ball where it needed to be, in this case, about 4 yards out from the goal and in a cluster of teammates. One of them - tough to tell in the muddle of purple and white jerseys trying for control - got a foot on it and sent it to the goal.
The ball came so close to going in before the Hawkeyes goalie nabbed it. Fifty-seven seconds later, the game ended in a scoreless tie.
As the last week of the regular season plays out this week, Waterville takes a record of 10 wins, two losses and a tie to try to better their playoff position. Seedings are announced Sunday.
Waterville plays three times this week and wins will…