No matter what a team’s record is, when Stevens and Newport go head-to-head, it’s going to be close. That was never more evident than Wednesday night when the 1-4-1 Tigers traveled to Claremont to take on the 4-2 Cardinals.
Because after 60 minutes of action last night, the team’s still need an extra five minutes of overtime to a decide a victor in what proved to be an extremely evenly-matched contest. The team’s mustered just three shots on goal apiece during a back-and-forth first half, before Stevens finally broke the ice with the game’s first goal near the midway point of the second half.
And it was junior Rebecca Moody who got the job done, collecting a perfectly placed pass before firing a shot into the back of the cage to give the home team a 1-0 lead. It didn’t take Newport long to respond to the score, however, as just three minutes later a pass from Kristen Kibby to Brook Beaulieu resulted in a wide open score and a whole new ball game with things knotted at 1-1.
Then with only seconds remaining in regulation, the Tigers appeared to have won it when a shot from Kaitlyn Batista after a penalty corner sailed into the cage, but the shot was deemed to have been taken from outside the 25-yard circle, sending the game into overtime.
And once in the extra period, the Cardinals needed less than five minutes to clinch a 2nd-straight victory, as once again it was Moody who collected her own rebound before slipping a shot past Newport’s keeper to clinch a dramatic victory and a well-deserved celebration at mid field. Mike Pezone spoke with Moody after the game to ask her about her game-winning score and what her team needs to do next time to avoid such a gut-wrenching finish.
Mike also spoke with Stevens head coach Patty Deschaine, who talked about her team’s mindset going into the extra period.
Stevens will try and win its third straight game tomorrow when it hosts Monadnock, while Newport will try and snap its 5-game skid Saturday when its travels to face Laconia