BANGOR, Maine – In a heartbreaking double overtime New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup, the Husson University field hockey team (7-8, 4-2 NECC) gave up the only goal of the game in the final seconds before coming down to penalty strokes, against the Manhattanville College Valiants (15-3, 7-0 NECC) on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
IN THE ACTION:
Rookie midfielder Ava Panzer scored the lone goal of the day with just 12 seconds left in the second period of overtime off an assist from senior captain Robin Boot who was looking on goal herself when she pushed the ball into the jumble in front of the net. Blocking first-year goalkeeper Kimmie Goddard's view, Panzer was able to deflect the ball into the corner of the net.
After the first 60 minutes, Husson held the advantage in both shots (9-8) and saves (4-2). One of these saves came with 12 minutes to go in regulation when Manhattanville senior forward Ameerah Thomas' shot was deflected and ended up bouncing from post to post. Goddard dove from one end to the other to stop the ricocheting shot from slipping in before senior forward Lexi Crites' rebounded shot went wide.
Overtime was filled with an abundance of scoring opportunities for both teams, between a total of 15 shots and eight penalty corners in the two overtime periods, but the Valiants were the only ones able to convert their chances into a goal.
IN BETWEEN THE POSTS:
Freshman goalie Goddard recorded eight saves for the Eagles while Zoe Fillebrown had five saves for Manhattanville.
The Eagles will play their last regular season game on Tuesday, October 29th at the Winkin Sports Complex against the Thomas College Terriers at 7:00 p.m.