The final five minutes of Monday’s game between Lafayette and Jamestown were a blur to Lafayette junior Kelsey Huckins.
One minute Huckins was being subbed in during the overtime period in a 0-0 nail-biter, and the next she was being hoisted on the shoulders of the Lafayette student section, which just finished rushing the field after her game-winning goal moments earlier.
Huckins’ overtime heroics came after more than 60 minutes of stalemate field hockey between the Rams and the Eagles.
Scoring opportunities were limited for both teams in regulation as both teams played solid defense in the midfield. Making scoring more difficult was the impressive play from the two goalkeepers — Lafayette’s Gabby Boesler and Jamestown’s Sam Tiffany.
Both goalies made timely saves during the game, helping to keep the score knotted up at 0-0 until the overtime period.
Through the first 60 minutes of play, Lafayette had the most consistent chances of scoring for either team.
With 12:44 left in the first half, Lafayette’s Lauren Walker crossed the ball in front of the Jamestown cage, but none of the three waiting Lafayette players could get a stick on the ball for the redirect.
Late in the first half, a Lafayette shot slid past Tiffany, but a Jamestown defender was waiting to clear the ball off the line and kept the game level.
“That was a good game in between the goals,” said Lafayette Coach Chris Jones. “Jamestown did an excellent job tonight. The game could have gone either way.”
The second half saw Jamestown get its share of scoring opportunities. Perhaps the best Jamestown scoring chance of the night came with five minutes left in regulation.
Emily Robitaille found herself on a breakaway down the left side of the field and dribbled deep into the Lafayette circle. However, strong one-on-one defense by Brie Gillen bought enough time for the rest of the Rams to arrive and clear the ball.
With neither team able to break through in regulation, the game went into a golden goal seven-on-seven overtime period.
The game-changing play happened with 8:01 left in overtime when Huckins stole the ball deep in Jamestown’s circle and slotted the ball past Tiffany for the game-winning goal.
“I have no idea,” Huckins joked when asked about what she saw during the play. “I had just come onto the field and I didn’t even know I had the ball when I hit it in.”
Huckins was promptly mobbed by her teammates and was swarmed by the Lafayette students in attendance moments later.
Jones hopes the late game-winner will spur his team in the next couple of games.
“It’s going to be a huge lift,” Jones said. “We know we can hang in there and we know what to do. … We played a much, much better game tonight. I asked our girls to give me 200 percent all night long and they did.”
The Rams (3-2-1) will look to build on Monday’s win when they host York on Thursday. Meanwhile, Jamestown will look to snap a three-game losing skid when they host New Kent on Sept. 28.
Lafayette 1, Jamestown 0
Goals: Lafayette (Kelsey Huckins)
After conceding a goal midway through the first half, York scored back-to-back goals to secure a 2-1 win at home against Poquoson on Monday.
The Islanders got on the board first with 19:06 left to play in the first half as Martha Chiappazzi slid the ball past York goalkeeper Peyton Mohrhusen.
York responded with back-to-back goals to end the first half. The first goal came with 8:55 left to play in the half when Jordyn Keller scored off a Courtney Ray assist to knot the game at 1-1.
The game-winning goal came with 2:31 left in the opening half as Christina Angel found the back of the cage off a Kristen Jacoby assist.
Thanks to the stout goalkeeping of Mohrhusen, who finished the game with seven saves, the Falcons were able to hold on to the 2-1 win.
York (5-2) will travel to play Lafayette on Thursday and is looking to extend its three-game win streak.
York 2, Poquoson 1
Goals: York (Jordyn Keller, Christina Angel), Poquoson (Martha Chiappazzi)
Assists: York (Courtney Ray, Kristen Jacoby)
Kayla Cooke and Haley Smith each scored twice during Warhill’s 5-2 home win against Smithfield on Monday.
Cooke scored her first goal of the game with 11:40 left int he first half on an unassisted effort, which would propel Warhill to a 1-0 halftime lead.
The second half was all Warhill, with the Lions outscoring the Packers 4-2 over the final 30 minutes.
Cooke scored her second goal of the game to start the second half coming off an assist from Jessica Cooke.
From there, Haley Smith took her turn scoring a pair of goals for the Lions — the first coming with 17:02 left in the game and the final coming with 10:35 in the game.
A late goal by Megan Cretney with 45 seconds left sealed the win for Warhill.
The Lions (3-1) will continue their season at home against Poquoson on Sept. 29.
Warhill 5, Smithfield 2
Goals: Warhill (Kayla Cooke 2, Haley Smith 2, Megan Cretney)
Assists: Warhill (Kayla Cooke 2, Jessica Cooke)