NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Junior Julia Mundy's second goal of the season appeared to be enough to send the Coast Guard women's soccer team into overtime with Smith College on Saturday but the Pioneers scored with just 33 seconds to play to steal a victory.
Sophomore Jordan Houston's headed home a pass from freshman Innis Hitt with 33 seconds left in regulation to propel Smith (4-5-1, 2-1-0 NEWMAC) to a 2-1 victory over visiting Coast Guard (4-7-0, 1-2-0 NEWMAC) in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up on Saturday.
The win snapped a three game losing skid for Smith while the loss was third one-goal defeat in a span of four games for the Bears.
The match, which was scoreless until the final four minutes, sprang into life as both teams went in search of the winning goal. Smith Broke the deadlock in the 86th minute when Houston dribbled down the right side and teed up classmate Bella McNamara for her first collegiate goal, a rocket past Coast Guard junior keeper Holly Moore.
Just a minute and 15 seconds later in the 88th minute, Coast Guard tied the score and the game seemed destined for overtime. A loose ball at the edge of the box fell to the feet of Mundy, who powered a half-volley past Smith freshman goalkeeper Alanna Lynch.
Smith, who beat the Bears in double overtime a year ago wouldn't let it get that far again. The Pioneers won a corner kick in the final minute and Hitt set up Houston for a bullet header for her sixth goal of the season.
Moore made three saves for the Bears while Lynch recorded six for Smith, who were out-shot by Coast Guard by an 18-13 margin.
Coast Guard returns to action on Tuesday, October 8th when they host WPI at 7:00 pm at the CGA Track and Field Complex.