The Whitehall field hockey team was tasked with facing the league's number one seed as they tried to advance to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Field Hockey Championship finals.
Standing in their way was undefeated Stroudsburg High School, the league's top team. The Mounties earned the spot by virtue of their unblemished record in the EPC (15-0).
Whitehall knew it had to be on top of its game, and when the Mounties pushed across three goals in the first half, that task became even more daunting.
Last week was quite busy for the Whitehall field hockey team as they ended the regular season and entered the playoffs, posting a win over Pocono Mountain East to advance to the next round.
After dropping their two final games to the Green Hornets and Trojans, the Zephs didn't have much time to lick their wounds, hosting the Cardinals at the Sports Complex on Saturday to begin the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
Unfortunately, the team lost to Strousburg in the EPC semifinals 4-1, so the girls now wait for the start of districts.
Facing their third undefeated team in as many weeks, the Whitehall football team needed one last stop to preserve a victory.
Freedom High School lined up for the two-point conversion in overtime - their second crack at the goal line on fourth down following a pass interference penalty and found a hole through the left side for the one-point win.
When running back Joe Santos crossed that line to give the 'Pates the 29-28 victory at Zephyr Stadium on Friday night, it signaled the end of Whitehall's hopes for a third consecutive league championship.