MUNSTER | Allyson Goodrich has something to prove this season.
Munster's senior forward doesn't like the way last year went down, neither for her nor the Mustangs.
Crown Point snatched a 3-2 double overtime thriller from Munster in the Valparaiso Regional semifinals. Goodrich made a poster and put it in the Mustang locker room that says "never forget 2-3, double overtime."
"I always think about it. What happens if I would've done this right? What happens if I would've done this differently?" she said. "Last year, there was 'next year,' but this year, this is it. There's no 'next year.'"
Goodrich played in that game, but missed six others last season with a bruised retina acquired when she took a ball at point-blank range in practice. Blood was visible on her eye and it took about a few hours to get her vision back. She still managed to rack up 29 points (13 goals, three assists).
She's healthy this year and ready to make up for lost time.
"We want her to score goals," coach Val Pflum said of Goodrich. "She's got the ball control, which is nice because we can also use her to build up some assists."
Munster has eight seniors and five juniors on the varsity roster. There are 14 returning players who started at least one game last season. The time to win is now.
"I always tell them that any game lost is like losing the whole season," Pflum said. "But I'm a big proponent that you have to lose before the postseason. You need to know what that feeling is."
Goodrich said the third undefeated Northwest Crossroads Conference championship in four seasons is high on the list of the 'Stangs priorities.
"I want to see how far I can push the team, see how far we can go," she said. "I think we can go pretty far this year. We definitely have the talent for it, we just need to set our sights."