BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University Eagles field hockey team (7-9, 4-3 NECC) fell to the Thomas College Terriers (12-6, 6-1 NECC) in a double overtime thriller that showcased both teams' defensive tenacity and grit; losing the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest 0-1 on Tuesday evening.
IN THE ACTION:
Early in the first quarter the Terriers set the offensive tone when the Terrier attack split the Husson defense and put two quick, consecutive shots on goal. However, Husson first-year goalie Kimmie Goddard stood strong and returned both shots back to their senders with ease. In the aftermath of the strong defensive stance, a small scuffle for the ball occurred that resulted in a green card against Thomas forcing the Terriers to defend with one less player, but the Eagles could not capitalize on the numbers advantage.
In the second period the strong prevalent defense of both teams kept the scoring at a standstill as neither team could find a seam to the back of the net. After a short stoppage in play a rarely seen bully-off was won by Thomas as they desperately tried to find a hole in the Goddard's defense.
The best scoring opportunity of regulation came in the 36th minute when the Terrier's Haley Thebarge was awarded a penalty stroke. However, once again Goddard cemented herself between the pipes and denied the Terriers with an incredible save keeping the score tied at zeroes.
The 4th period started off choppy, with both teams seeing their fair share of penalties as they battled to take control of the game. Cards were distributed as the physicality continued to increase as both teams left everything on the field. Once again, Husson found themselves with a numbers advantage similar to the first period, but the Terrier defense held strong and allowed nothing, sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless first period of overtime, the Eagles' defense finally gave way when Brittney Gregoire fumbled through two Husson defenders to create space for a shot that snuck past Goddard and ended the predominantly defensive game just 1:35 into the second overtime period.
BETWEEN THE POSTS:
Although Goddard had an outstanding performance in the contest, saving 10 shots, she falls to 7-9 with the loss, while Thomas goalie Leah Cruse earned the four-save shutout victory, improving to 8-2.
The Eagles will play await their seeding following the conlusion of all regular season conference games. The 2019 NECC Field Hockey Championship Tournament schedule will be announced on Thursday, October 31st.