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Taylor Conley nets game-winning goal in overtime thriller win for Pride field hockey

Carley Crain

SPRINGFIELD — A chilly night at Stagg Field resulted in an exciting overtime win for the Springfield College hockey team, as well as ending Worcester State’s four-game win streak. With their second overtime win of the season, Springfield was ready mentally and physically for another challenging game. 

The game started off slow, with a scoreless first quarter and no shots on goal for the Pride. Senior Taylor Conley scored her first goal of the game about two minutes into the second quarter on a deflected cross. The lead quickly ended for Springfield, as Worcester answered back with a strike by Sophia Monopoli. Going into halftime, the game was tied at 1-1. 

Shortly into the third quarter, Worcester had a speedy breakaway which led to a goal by Rachel Hopkins, assisted by Monopoili. Worcester held onto a lead going into the fourth quarter, but Springfield tied the game with 8:11 left in regulation, thanks to junior Morgan Bronk. She carried the ball fifty yards down the right sideline to score the game-tying goal. 

“One of the things we said at the end of the third quarter to her specifically was you just have to take it in and shoot and that was exactly what we were hoping for her to do. She executed it very well and she made a good decision,” said Springfield head coach Melissa Sharpe.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied 2-2, which meant overtime (7 v 7 as opposed to the traditional 11 v 11) for the second time in the last three games for the Pride. Both teams had five penalty corners during regulation, but Springfield’s sixth corner won them the game about four minutes into overtime. 

Conley scored the game-winning goal with an insert from Taylor Low.

“It felt really good to start the scoring off and end the game, but I could not have done it without everyone else around me setting it up. We wanted to keep the intensity up the whole game and we executed that perfectly,”  said Conley. 

The Pride’s next game is on September 17th against Eastern Connecticut State. Springfield hopes to use the momentum from this game to continue its three-game winning streak

Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics

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