SALEM, Va. — Senior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) scored with 3:03 remaining in double overtime to give the Washington and Lee field hockey team a 3-2 victory at Roanoke on Wednesday.
The teams ended regulation tied, 2-2, to force the extra frames. In the first extra period, each squad had scoring opportunities, but the Generals (5-6, 3-1 ODAC) could not convert on their one shot on goal, and the Maroons (6-2, 3-2 ODAC) came up empty on their three shots.
In the second overtime, both teams were fighting through fatigue and the rain that fell consistently throughout the game. Roanoke had the ball on the W&L side of the field with under five minutes left in the period, but the Blue and White gained possession, and then from the midfield line the ball was passed to Tucker on the right side on a counter attack.
Tucker dribbled the ball in front of her own bench, and then ducked in toward the center of the circle, deking past a defender to get a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. Roanoke junior keeper Emma Clark came off her line in attempts to prevent a shot, but Tucker pulled the ball back toward the end line, firing a shot behind Clark and into the cage for the game-winner.
It marked the fifth tally of the season for Tucker, and moved her into solo third on the W&L all-time list with 43 career goals. It was her second game-winning goal of the season, and the fifth overtime game-winner of her career.
Senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) played the full 86:57, and made five saves in the victory. Clark stopped 10 shots, but allowed three goals. Each team took 14 shots in the contest, but W&L led in penalty corners, 10-4.
The Generals trailed at halftime, 1-0, but scored two goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second to take a 2-1 lead. W&L tied the game in the 46th minute off a penalty corner. Junior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) inserted the ball from the left side to junior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor).
Just to the left of the top of the circle, Paolano fired a shot across the goal, it deflected off a defender and into the cage. It marked her sixth goal of the season. She is now tied for fifth on the W&L all-time list with Kelly Taffe '04 with 34.
W&L took the 2-1 advantage just four minutes later on the second goal of the season of first-year forward Grace Weise (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Agnes Irwin School). Weise received a long pass up the left side, which gave her a one-on-one breakaway with the the keeper. She dribbled down close to the post and then beat Clark for the tally.
The Maroons tied the game with 4:50 left in regulation. Senior attacker sophomore midfielder Fiona Dougan recorded the goal off an assist from Lauren Heffron to force the contest to overtime.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they play at Ursinus at 12:00 pm.
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