Grant lifts Pilgrims past Chargers in Overtime
New England College’s Colby Grant (Lynn, Mass.) chipped in a pass from Debbie Lyons (Wilmington, Mass.) 6:43 into the first overtime to lift the Pilgrims past the visiting Colby-Sawyer College Chargers 1-0 in women’s soccer action. The win evens the Pilgrims’ overall record at 6-6-1 and improves them to 4-3-1 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC.). The loss drops the Chargers to 5-6-2 overall and evens their TCCC record at 4-4-0.
Colby-Sawyer would control much of the offense in the opening half out shooting the Pilgrims 5-2, including three shots on net. Pilgrim keeper Kerry Hughes (Wallkill, N.Y.) would come up with three huge saves keeping the Chargers off the board and sending the game into the second half knotted at 0-0.
The two teams would battle through the second half of play evenly as the Chargers would hold just a 7-6 advantage in shots, yet the Pilgrims would muster five shots on net compared to the Chargers three. Colby-Sawyer’s keeper Christina Quirk (Milford, Conn.) would be the star of the second half grabbing five saves and forcing overtime.
Each team would record a shot in overtime but it would be NEC’s Colby Grant who would come through for the Pilgrims netting her first goal of the season chipping in a cross from Lyons 6:43 in into the first overtime and giving the Pilgrims the 1-0 win.
Leading the way for Colby-Sawyer was Elise Kapp (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) who finished with four shots on goal for the Chargers.
Picking up the win in goal for NEC was Hughes who finished with eight saves on the afternoon. Playing the entire game in net for the Chargers was Quirk who stopped five Pilgrim shots.
NEC returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 15 when they host conference opponent Wentworth Institute of Technology at 3:30 p.m. Colby-Sawyer will host conference opponent Gordon College on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 3:00 p.m.