Contribution from the Green Mountain College Sports Information Office
POULTNEY, Vt. – After a hard fought match and drawing to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes, the Fisher Falcons fell to the Green Mountain Eagles after Maya Golowasch scored an overtime goal to claim the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon at Eagles Game Field.
Fisher (4-11-2) got on the board first in the 5thminute of play as freshman Carla DaSilva (Somerville, MA) sent a low lining shot past the Eagles keeper Madison Soto to put her team up 1-0. Senior Ali Mosdale (Marlborough, CT) set up the play as she won a 50/50 ball and sent a crossing pass near the right edge of the 18-yard box to a wide open DaSilva who took a couple of touches before hitting the strike into the right side of the net.
Green Mountain (7-6-0) upped its intensity as play resumed and was rewarded in the 20th minute. Kali DeMarco worked to clear herself on a partial break with a pair of defender closing in as she reached the 6-yard box. She deftly dumped a pass off to her left to Avery Barber who tapped in an easy shot into a wide open net. The Eagles replicated the feat just over three minutes later as DeMarco took a ball in traffic and lobbed a pass which cleared Riley Lane beyond the defense. The sophomore took a touch and hit a laser to the short side of the net which tipped off Falcons keeper Alexandra Colvin's (Longmont, CO) finger tips and caromed in off the left post to give the hosts a 2-1 lead which would take the two teams into halftime.
The hosts held the advantage in time of possession in the second half and registered their fair share of scoring opportunities. One of which was a prime opportunity when Avery Barber was awarded a penalty kick, but Colvin was not fooled by the delayed strike to the center of net making the save easily. Colvin's save sparked the Falcons and converted on a play with just six minutes remaining in the game when Will Memeus (Everett, MA) put home a feed from Mosdale's throw-in to knot the score at 2-2 with six minutes remaining in the half. Mosdale had another tremendous opportunity to score just a few minutes later as she received a feed from Memeus on the right side of the field where she beat the defender to the ball. Mosdale was able to get off her shot, but Soto was there to make the key stop sending it to extras.
In the first overtime period, GMC's Madison Miett collected the ball on the left wing and found Maya Golowasch near the left side of the 18-yard box. Golowasch turned with the pass took a touch to clear her defender and sent a shot over the outstretched arms of Fisher's keeper for the championship winner. Soto earned the victory in net for the Eagles making five saves. Colvin played well for the Falcons stopping 11 shots on goal in the defeat.
Falcons senior captain Chelsea Browne was named the Championship's Defensive MVP for her stellar work on the backline, while Golowasch was awarded the NIAC Women's Soccer Championship MVP.
Contribution from Sports Information Director, James Thivierge