Thursday’s game saw sheets of rain, lightning strikes and substitutions by Immaculata, but most of the contest was played and ended in a 0-0 draw with the Washington Wildcats when thunderstorms stopped it for good about 15 minutes into the second half.
Heavy rain began to fall late in the first half, but since the rain stopped for a brief period, the game continued in the second half.
The Raiders had to substitute some players into new positions, but head coach Frank Mazeitis couldn’t be happier with the performance.
Senior Jaxon Qualley is usually a defender but started in the goal on Thursday.
“With two days of practice, I thought he did an excellent job,” Mazeitis said.
Qualley had 13 saves in the shortened game.
Freshman Matthew Keys was a starting forward for the Raiders.
“He stepped up,” Mazeitis said. “Matt is a freshman so he’s a little tentative and afraid, but I told him, ‘I want you to promise me you’ll really try and play through your fears.’ He said he would and he did.”
Sophomore Bryce Helm took Qualley’s regular position and Mazeitis said he was proud of his performance, too.
The Raiders are now 5-1-1 after starting the season 5-0 and losing to Basehor on Monday.
The Wildcats had nine shots and five on-goal, while the Raiders had five shots and three on-goal.
“We didn’t get the opportunities they had,” Mazeitis said. “It was going to be hard in the second half to keep them out and we did.”
The Raiders will host Heritage Christian next Thursday at 4:30 p.m.