BBA tops MAU field hockey in OT thriller

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BENNINGTON — In sports, there is not much that is more intense than a sudden death overtime period.

All it takes is one shot to win as both teams battle to get the upper hand and put themselves in position to end it.

The matchup between Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton brought all the intensity you would expect from an overtime thriller as Bulldogs junior Charleigh Carthy netted her second goal of the contest to top the Patriots 2-1 at MAU Thursday afternoon.

For BBA coach Barb Miceli, there was a huge sigh of relief after the final shot found the back of the net.

"We had dominated the overtime even through they did get some breaks through," Miceli said. "When there are so few people on the field it opens the field up, but I still feel like we dominated and really pushed and pushed, but their goalie was strong and we were running out of time pretty quickly, so it was very exciting to know we had gotten that ball in finally."

Carthy scored the Bulldogs' first goal midway through the first half, receiving a pass from fellow junior Chloe MacDonald to put the ball past MAU goalkeeper Savannah Rogers.

The Patriots' lone goal would come from freshman Rylie Bates early in the second half. Bates, a call-up from the JV, scored her first varsity goal. goal.

MAU coach Amber Cottrell and her team were excited in the moment when Bates scored.

"She was very excited," Cottrell said. "We've been working on making sure we have somebody on [the] post at all times. Sometimes when you're in a rush up the field and there's a fast break, you can't always get someone up there. It was really nice to see what we've been talking about actually turn into a goal, especially Rylie's first goal ever. It was right place, right time and that's where the goals happen."

The score could have been more in BBA's favor if it wasn't for the play of Rogers in goal. Although the game was tied throughout most the second half, it was clear the Bulldogs had more scoring chances around the goal. Rogers' steady play kept MAU in the game throughout.

"Not to give her a big head, but she does fantastic every game," said Cottrell, while looking over to Rogers who was packing up her belongings after the game. "She comes out ready to fight. She's very aggressive on the ball. Her kicks and her clears have improved, so much in the last year. She's averaging double-digit saves every single game, so she's definitely working every game. She's a rock back there."

In overtime games like Thursday's, there is bound to be a little disappointment on the losing side and Cottrell admitted it was tough to lose in the fashion the Patriots did.

"It was a very tough game. We had some issues with over committing on the ball and not moving our feet on defense," Cottrell said. "It was heartbreaking, but it was a very good game. It's really anyone's game when you get into that overtime."

The loss drops MAU to 2-8-1 on the season and they'll be back in action tomorrow when they take on Springfield. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at SHS Porter Field.

The Bulldogs' win improves their record to 6-3-2 and it was their third straight victory. BBA is back in action on Saturday when they take on Rutland on the road. The contest is set for a 10 a.m start.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed on Twitter @AAucoin_Banner


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