Shorewomen Clinch Spot In Centennial Tournament For The 10th Time and The First Time Since 2014
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Junior midfielder Nicole Schroyer (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) scored the game-winning goal 6:13 into the first overtime session to give visiting Washington College a 3-2 win over host Haverford in a Centennial Conference field hockey game on Wednesday night at Swan Field. Coupled with Ursinus' 2-1 win at Muhlenberg, the Shorewomen clinched a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time since 2014 and the 10th time overall.
Washington College 3 Haverford 2 (OT)
How It Happened
- Haverford's Alyssa Valentine notched a defensive save at 18:13 on a shot by Schroyer.
- Kailyn Brandt put the Shorewomen on the board with exactly nine minutes to go in the first half when she dribbled from the corner and got to straight in front of the cage and deposited the shot in for a score. WC would take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
- The Fords tied the game 13:19 into the second half when Elena Veale grabbed the rebound of a shot by Roxy Vassighi and put it into the right side of the goal to level the game at 1-1.
- Just 2:17 later though the Shorewomen responded as Michaela Conners dribbled down the right end line and her cross found Grace Steele and she scored from the left side to give the Shorewomen the lead back at 2-1.
- Haveford tied the game with 5:07 to go in the second half when Mason McNulty redirected a pass into the circle by Rachel Gordon to knot the contest at 2-2.
- The Fords' last chance of regulation came with 1:41 left when Jolie Brakey's shot was stopped by Shorewomen goalie Morgan Domanico. The Shorewomen's final opportunity came with six ticks left in regulation, but the shot by Maggie Cancelmo was blocked by Haverford.
- In overtime, McNulty had the first chance to win it 1:25 in, but her shot went wide.
- The Shorewomen were awarded a penalty corner 6:09 into overtime with Olivia Auer taking the corner. Auer found Schroyer who took the shot right off the corner and the ball found the back of the cage to give Washington the walk-off win.
For The Shorewomen (8-5, 6-1 CC)
- Scorer: Brandt (goal), Schroyer (goal), Steele (goal), Auer (assist), Conners (assist)
- Goalkeeper: Domanico (7 saves, 2 goals allowed, 76:13)
- Washington had 10 shots and 10 penalty corners in the contest.
For Haverford (6-7, 1-5 CC)
- Scorers: McNulty (goal), Veale (goal), Gordon (assist)
- Goalkeeper: Danielle Rette (1 save, 3 goals allowed, 76:13)
- Valentine had a defensive save.
- The Fords had 16 shots and 12 penalty corners in the game.
- Prior to this season, the Shorewomen have qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
- Washington is 6-1 in conference play for the fifth time in team history as they also achieved it from 1996-98 and in 2002. The 2001 team won its first seven Centennial games.
- Steele has now scored in four straight games as she has found the back of the cage five times in that span.
- In Anne Kietzman's two years as a head coach, her teams are 9-4 in one goal games between Washington College and Newberry.
- Auer had factored in the last two overtime winners, tonight with the assist and this past Saturday scoring the golden goal in a 3-2 win at Dickinson.
- Three of the six wins in Centennial play for Washington this season have come in overtime or double overtime. All three wins have been by 3-2 scores as WC topped Gettysburg in double overtime on September 16 on a score by Emily Pantazes.
- Four of the Shorewomen's eight victories this year are by 3-2 scores. The team also won at Stevenson on September 9 by that score.
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