Springfield had complete control of the contest throughout the 90 minutes of regulation. Being out-shot 35-0 by the Pride, Mount Holyoke’s chances of scoring were not looking too good.
That all changed when the Lyons improved the disadvantage to 35 shots to their one. The lone shot for Mount Holyoke proved to be the deciding factor.
At the 4:39 mark of the first half into overtime, Springfield goalie Ciara Boucher went out of the box to make a pass up the field. Mount Holyoke’s Ashleigh Hartsock intercepted the pass and shot the ball in the open net in order to give the Lyons a 1-0 NEWMAC victory in overtime.
Springfield’s aggressiveness was just not enough despite their tough efforts.
“I thought we pummeled them more and more,” said Gibson.
A couple mistakes here and there ended up being the key difference.
“Shooting at the keeper, shooting from too far out, not getting good touch on the ball, comes back to haunt you in the end,” said Gibson. “It’s a very cruel game in many ways.”
The win for the Lyons puts them at (9-5-1, 4-3-1). For the Pride, 9-4-2 overall, they drop to second place in the NEWMAC at 5-2-1 while Babson takes over first at 5-0-3.
Boucher did not record a save while Zoe Marshall made 10 saves in net for the Lyons.
Springfield put a heavy amount of pressure on Marshall throughout the game but just weren’t able to capitalize. Minutes ticking before the end of regulation, the Pride attempted to create more scoring opportunities.
With just over seven minutes to play, Bri Messier crossed a ball to Nicole Fowler who controlled it well in the air and ripped a shot at Marshall. Seconds later, senior Jess Miller strategically deflected the ball in the right corner off a Lyon defender in order to set up a Pride corner. Mikaela Coady found open space inside the box and rifled another big shot at Marshall. Brooke Hattinger was another aggressive player on attack for Springfield as she led the team with nine shots. Fowler and Miller both had six shots.
Having the endless chances on offense for the Pride actually put the Lyons in better position.
“We knew that was going to happen,” said Gibson. We’ve seen their other games and we’ve prepared for that.”
The end result may have been a heart-breaker but the Pride certainly has the talent based on the season they have put together thus far. Their offense is capable of quickly forgetting this game and placing the Pride back to their dominance as they travel to WPI on Saturday for a crucial conference matchup.
“Hopefully we’ll finish some chances on Saturday,” said Gibson.
Including the WPI game, Springfield has three games left, but more importantly three more chances to show just what type of team they are.