Wolves Fall in Overtime to Soaring Eagles

Nicole Wilson (2) had a game-high nine shots on Tuesday -- Photo by Jysenia Dunlavey
Nicole Wilson (2) had a game-high nine shots on Tuesday -- Photo by Jysenia Dunlavey

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — Elmira College scored 2:29 into the first overtime period to defeat Keuka College 1-0 in field hockey on Tuesday night.

It was the fourth time in program history that a game was scoreless through regulation. Keuka College (1-7) got six saves in goal from Kassidy Valentine.

Elmira College 1 at Keuka College 0 - OT

The Wolves played in their attacking end of the field for most of the first quarter. The Green and Gold held a 5-0 advantage in shots. Keuka had a pair of chances but one was tipped just wide and another was deflected over the crossbar.

The Soaring Eagles got the first good chance in the second quarter. Elmira took advantage of a penalty corner with a pair of quality shots, but Valentine stood tall in goal, turning them both away. A minute later, it was Keuka College who took advantage of a corner. The ball found Nicole Wilson on the left side, but her shot to the far post slid just wide as the game remained scoreless at the half.

Nicole Wilson continued to create for the Wolves. She gained possession 30 yards from goal and weaved through the Soaring Eagle defense. She broke in one-on-one with the goalie, but her attempt was saved by a charging keeper.

To start the fourth quarter, the Wolves had three straight corner attempts. Their best chance came on the final one as the ball worked around the circle and back to Wilson on near the left post. Her shot, however, missed at the near post. With three minutes left in regulation, Keuka College was awarded a penalty stroke. Michaela Marrero stepped up for Keuka, but the Elmira keeper made a lunging save, keeping the game scoreless and sending it into overtime.

Elmira College did not wait long in overtime. They took advantage of a Keuka College turnover at midfield. A long hit by the Soaring Eagles deflected off a Keuka College foot, directly to an Elmira attacker on the break. The referee played the advantage as the breakaway continued. The Soaring Eagles converted on the chance, scoring 2:29 into the first overtime for the 1-0 victory.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College falls to 1-4 all-time against Elmira College
  • It was the third straight season that the Wolves and the Soaring Eagles went to overtime
  • Saturday was the first time that Keuka has lost an overtime game without going to a shootout. The Wolves are now 3-1 in games that ended with sudden victory
  • Kassidy Valentine became the second goalkeeper in Keuka College history to amass 300 saves in a career
  • Nicole Wilson had a game-high nine shots on Tuesday

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves take to the road this weekend for their first North Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season. The Green and Gold will travel to Morrisville State to take on the Mustangs at 5:30pm on Saturday.