Lacey McNeel opened up the scoring, for Newport, four minutes into the game, with an assist from Maddie Miller. Six minutes later freshman Abby Nadeau tied the game, at one. The game would remain tied until 14 minutes to go in the second half when Audrey Kenyon would give Kearsarge the lead. But two minutes Kennedy Pysz fired a ball outside of the circle, that Miller deflected into the net (pictured below) tying the game at two, and eventually sending them to overtime.
With five minutes to go in OT Hailey Perry found Pysz to score the game winner, off a corner.
Newport dominated the match having 24 corners to Newport's three, and out shooting them 28-4. Kendall Hamilton had the best game for Newport, moving the ball forward, and constantly feeding her forwards, with near perfect through balls.
For Kearsarge, just like when we covered their game against Stevens, Marissa Pickman was their light. Pickman wasn't on our radar to start the season, but she sure is now. She picked up 25 saves against Franklin on Monday, and another 25 yesterday against Newport, and she still has another game to play on Friday against Hopkinton. She's aggressive, quick, agile, vocal, and she probably has better stick skills than any of her teammates. She's one of those players, no offense to Kearsarge, but you almost hope her team doesn't do well, because you know she's going to make saves that'll make you go, "Wow!". Other than her goalie talent she's also very entertaining to listen to, yesterday she was talking to one of her defenders, and said, "Make sure you watch my back door (referring to her far post) because if you don't that opens up to my worst nightmare!", And that put a smile on our face. She's also the only goalie we've seen do two pull-ups on the goal, after getting scored on during warm-ups.
Sometimes you have goalies that have a lot of saves, but who aren't great goalkeepers because the ball is shot right at them and they don't have to move, but Pickman is the real deal. If Kearsarge didn't have her their scorelines would be very different. If the sophomore wants it, she can be the best goalie in the state for the next three years. As long as she works for it, always wants to get better, and stays hungry, she will get there.