BANGOR, Maine - The Husson Eagles (7-11) fell in overtime to the New England College Pilgrims (10-9) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Quarterfinals on Saturday at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex. The final score was 2-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
New England College forward Brittany Tierney was the star for the Pilgrims, scoring both of her team's goals on breakaways, including the game-winner in overtime to secure a Pilgrim win.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Pilgrims opened up scoring with Tierney's first goal, a breakaway past a Husson defender that gave her a one-on-one matchup with Husson netminder Kimmie Goddard. That matchup, featuring the conference's leading scorer (Tierney) and the conference's Goalkeeper of the Year (Goddard), was won by Tierney, an unassisted goal in the 29th minute (28:33) which gave New England a 1-0 lead.
After the half, a majority of the third quarter went scoreless - but the Eagles answered during the 44th minute (43:08) off a penalty corner by way of defender Karen Stemm (assisted by defender Victoria Friend) to tie the game at 1-1.
The game was brought to a standstill at this point, with Husson able to drive into the Pilgrim's territory more often than NEC getting into Husson's, but both teams being unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities as regulation came to an end, the score knotted up at 1-1.
Just 1:22 into the overtime period, Tierney struck again on an unassisted breakaway, making the score 2-1 and clinching a quarterfinal victory for the Pilgrims and ending the Eagles' season on their home turf.
The Eagles held an advantage in shots (23-8) and shots on goal (14-5). Friend racked up five shots (two on goal) and added an assist. Midfielder Katie Perkins added four shots (three on goal). Stemm contributed three shots (all on goal) and scored the lone goal of the day off a penalty corner for the Eagles. Goddard made two saves on the day in net, while midfielder Shannon Ripley added a defensive save of her own.
Pilgrims' goalkeeper Ellie Philben made 11 saves on the day, denying multiple Husson attempts to put notches on the scoreboard. Tierney tallied up four shots (three on goal) and scored both New England goals. Defender Zoe Pedler made two defensive saves. Forward Makenna Platte contributed three shots (two on goal).
With the loss, the Eagles' 2019 season has come to an end.
The Pilgrims advance to the semifinals to face off against the #1 seed (and host) Manhattanville College Valiants. That game is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th.