ANDOVER, N.H. – It was a wet day for soccer playoff Wednesday, but that didn’t stop a pair of evenly matched teams in 8th-ranked Kearsarge and 9th-seeded Fall Mountain from going it at on the pitch.
And while it was the Cougars who headed into the game with memories of a 2-0 victory over Fall Mountain early in the season, things panned out a little differently yesterday as the Wildcats willed their way to a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory behind Ali Monty’s golden goal.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half on Proctor Academy’s artificial turf field, before a take down just outside the box early in the second half led to the game’s first goal. Sophie Bushey was called upon to take the pressure field shot, and the team’s co-captain didn’t disappoint, firing this shot just over the head of Kearsarge’s keeper to put the Wildcats up 1-0.
But the Cougars never stopped fighting over the game’s next 30 minutes, and eventually tied things up on Maicy Hansen’s score late in the second half. Unfortunately for Kearsarge, however, it was the visiting Wildcats who got things done in the extra period to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
Mike Pezone spoke with Fall Mountain coach Bruce Ferland after the game, who talked about his team’s mindset as they advance deeper into the playoffs.
Fall Mountain is now 10-7 overall and will travel to face top ranked and unbeaten Hillsboro-Deering on Saturday at 2 p.m