October 2, 2012

Bears Lose Heartbreaker in Double OT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--Freshman Lily Eriksen scored her first career goal with 3:08 remaining in the second overtime to lift Smith College to a 2-1 double-overtime win over the United States Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith ends a three game losing streak and improves to 5-5 overall, and 2-2 in NEWMAC play.  The Bears have now lost five in a row and are 1-8 overall, with an 0-4 NEWMAC record.

Smith outshot Coast Guard 30-15, but a slick surface and Coast Guard goalie Devin Fellman kept them off the board for all of the first half.  Jordan Houston came closest to scoring in the opening stanza, but her curling effort was wrapped up by Fellman. 

In the second half, the Bears nearly went in front, as Meredith Figgatt's header was blocked, and the followup attempt was cleared off the line by Aidan Hitt.

Houston did open the scoring with her second goal of the season in the 62nd minute.  Olivia Mallari fizzed in a cross that Houston met with a first time volley past a diving Fellman for a 1-0 lead.

The Bears had the game tied up within 10 minutes. Freshman Sarah Hills' goalbound effort was blocked, only to see freshman Caroline Eastman push in the rebound in the 71st minute, the first goal of her collegiate career.

Mallari could have won the game in regulation, but her looping shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and back out. 

While both teams had chances in the first overtime, Smith won the game just over the halfway point in the second.  Aidan Hitt spring the offside trap, and Eriksen rounded an onrushing Fellman to tap into an empty net for the winner.

Fellman finished with 12 saves, while Smith counterpart Cody Norris had eight stops.

Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow at Mass. Maritime at 4 p.m.

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