BOSTON, Mass. - For the second consecutive game, sophomore Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) registered the game-winning overtime goal for the Emerson women's soccer team. Haley's 95th minute game-winner lifted the Lions to a 1-0 NEWMAC victory over Springfield in their fourth straight shutout on Saturday afternoon at Rotch Field.
With the win, Emerson improves to 9-6 overall and 4-2 against NEWMAC opponents, while Springfield slips to 7-4-2 overall and 3-2-2 in NEWMAC play.
Senior keeper Melanie Escobar (Torrington, Conn.) registered her fourth shutout for Emerson and had nine saves in 94 minutes between the pipes. Springfield junior goalie Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) was tagged with the loss and had two saves.
Junior Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) led the Pride with four shots, while sophomore Jess Frost (Palos Verdes, Calif.) had two shots for the Lions.
Neither team were able to find register goals through the first 90 minutes of regulation time, though Emerson and Springfield both had their chances to net the tiebreaker in the second half. The Lions gained its prime scoring opportunity when Boucher scrambled out of the net, yet Frost's shot just went wide and to the left. In the 77th minute of regulation, sophomore Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) caught Escobar out of the crease and swerved her way around to sent to ball to an open net, however, senior Natalie Benjamin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was there to recover and hold the 0-0 tie.
With two scoreless halves in the books, the game entered overtime with the Pride outshooting the Lions, 18-6.
With five minutes remaining in the first half of overtime, sophomore Elizabeth Noble (Long Beach, Calif.) recovered the ball at midfield and sent it up to Haley. With two defenders on her, Haley carried the ball up the middle and with her left foot fired it towards the right side and curved into the net past Boucher to seal the 1-0 overtime Lions victory.
Both Emerson and Springfield continue NEWMAC action on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. The Lions remain at home to host Babson, while the Pride head to Mount Holyoke.