A back and forth battle between Redwoods and Chaos started with a bang after a Sergio Salcido two bomb. The Redwoods took a quick 3-0 lead after Joe Walters finished a beautiful pass from Matt Kavanagh.
The Chaos responded after an ugly first three offensive possessions. They put in two quick goals before Connor Fields buried his first of four to tie the game 3-3.
With 30 seconds left in the first, Brent Adams snagged a behind the back pass from Eddy Glazener on the break, then beat Blaze Riordan stick side high to take the 4-3 lead. Adams sent a message to the league that he is one of the best two-way players in the world. The Redwoods’ midfielder finished with a hat trick and made big plays all game.
Six minutes into the second quarter, Fields invited Garrett Epple out to his island and beat him one-on-one to tie the game. Matt Kavanagh responded and put the Redwoods up 5-4 after tagging the corner with a flashy behind the back shot.
Chaos went up 8-5 after a four-goal run capped off by Thomas Kelly winning the draw, throwing a backhand twister to Byrne who slung it behind the back to Fields, who finished on the crease for his fourth to start the third quarter.
A Redwoods run was interrupted by a long pause in the game after things got chippy and a fight broke out. Quick highlights; Blaze Riorden body slammed Nick Ossello into the ground, Ossello responded with a right hook to Riorden's helmet. After a long discussion, the refs put three Chaos players in the penalty box and Ossello. The Redwoods capitalized on the power play to cut the lead to one.
The two teams were tied 9-9 to start the fourth. Ryder Garnsey, the Notre Dame standout, got his first-career goal by catching a rebound, turning and shoveling the ball into the back of the net. Chaos countered with two goals to retake the lead. Brent Adams tied the game with his hat trick after streaking down the middle and finishing the easy feed from Garnsey.
The last two minutes were stressful for Andy Towers’ team. Goalie Tim Troutner stuffed Myles Jones to keep the game tied. After surviving two late undisciplined penalties, Chaos was relieved when the clock hit double zero to end the fourth.
Both teams came up empty on their first two possessions in overtime. The game ended after Byrne was left wide open on the crease from a broken slide package and easily placed the ball past Troutner after a series of fakes. Carried by their attack unit, Chaos won 12-11 in OT to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Redwoods will try to get back in the win column next Saturday against Chrome.
Chaos will take on Archers on Sunday after the WPLL games at Homewood Field in Baltimore.