When the #1 and #2 ranked, D1 teams met yesterday it was nothing short of a good game.
The game did start 20 minutes late, due to one of the officials not being on time. That was a great delay! (sarcasm, in case anyone did not pick that up.)
When the game finally started, Timberlane came out strong, scoring off a corner, five minutes into the game. Taryn MacKinnon ripped a shot, and Sarah Padellaro deflected it home. The game would remain scoreless, going into the half, 1-0.
In the second half, Pinkerton started to take control of the game, winning most of their tackles in the midfield, and stopping Timberlane's attacks. With 15 minutes left to play, Pinkerton's Sarah Collins, made a game-changing tackle, on MacKinnon, who was trying to clear the ball out her 25-yard zone. Collins won the tackle, and made a pass, to Mari Shea, who tied the game at one. Pinkerton had a great chance to win the game in regulation, as the ball had gotten by Timberlane's goalie, Morgan Fabrizio, but a Timberlane defender was there to clear it off the line and keep Timberlane in the game.
In overtime, Pinkerton had full control, and it took them five minutes to find the game-winner. Off of back to back corners, Collins received the insert, she put the ball into the circle, it deflected off of MacKinnon's stick right to Carly Young, who guided it in, giving Pinkerton a hard fought 2-1 victory.
One player, we are going to point out is Pinkerton's, Sarah Collins. Even though Young scored the game-winner, and Shea put away a great goal, to tie it, Collins was easily the player of the game. Not just because she had both assists, but because her defense was brilliant all afternoon. In our preseason predictions, we said Pinkerton would have an average defense, as they did last year, but Collins and Pinkerton are certainly proving us wrong. If you follow our recaps, you will know Kearsarge's Marissa Pickman was not on our radar when the season started, now she is making a name for herself as one of the state's best goalies. Collins is the Pickman of defenders. What also makes Collins special, is she has good sticks skills, which can get her out of sticky situations, plus she is a decent passer, which helps on counter attacks. We have seen all of our Top 5 Defenders play this year, and we can confidently say she has surpassed them all. Collins is a top class defender, and is the best in the state, at the moment. If Pinkerton goes all the way, there's a good chance Collins' teammates and coaches will be thanking her for her performance this season.
Robicheau scores both goals, as Souhegan gets by Goffstown, 2-0.
Mullen & Marsh split goals, as Londonderry slips by Dover, 2-1.
Aubin picks up a goal & two assists, as John Stark grabs a win against Conant, 6-2.
Freshman goalie, Courtney Tello, makes 19 saves, but it's not enough against the powerhouse of Winnacunnet, as they fall 8-0.
Gesner scores twice & assists once, as Kimball Union wins at Proctor, 4-2.
Coyle & Lupo both score, as Guertin improves to 11-1-0, over Salem, 2-0.
Bell scored two, as Bedford makes a comeback, to beat Nashua North, 5-3.
Healy scores game-winner in OT, as Exeter gets by Keene, 4-3.
Munroe hat tricks, as Concord scores three in the last 10 minutes to beat Memorial, 5-2.
Weed picks up a goal & an assist, helping Bishop Brady takedown Pembroke, 3-0.
- Phillips Exeter rolls past Brewster, 6-1.
- Holderness wins in OT, against Tilton, 4-3.
- New Hampton loses, 4-2.
- Stevens beats Monadnock, 2-1.
- Mascoma blanks Franklin, 4-0.
- Pelham sneaks by Kearsarge, 2-1.
- Bow makes a comeback, beating Laconia, 4-1.
- Mascenic cruises past Newport, 6-1.