Another Day, Another Overtime Win for Jacks
Windsor — With time winding Wednesday, the scoreboard told a somber tale to the Windsor High field hockey team. It was all Springfield.
For nearly 52 minutes, Springfield had controlled the flow of the game, and held a 1-0 lead with time winding down.
But with 7:34 to play in regulation, Windsor scored on a penalty stroke with 7:34 to tie the game. Then, just a minute into overtime, Windsor’s Kristen Nott notched the game-winner to take home a 2-1 Yellowjacket win.
It was the second overtime win this week for Windsor, which nipped Woodstock, 3-2, on Monday.
The loss left Springfield coach Bindy Hathorn with mixed emotions, as her team played well, but the scoreboard was not her friend.
“We just played so well for so long, but we should have scored more,” said Hathorn, who watched her team leave a number of scoring chances out on the pitch.
“It’s a difficult loss when you feel you dominated.”
Both Hathorn and Windsor co-head coach Sandy Clary agreed that the game took on a new look after Windsor was awarded a penalty stroke.
One of the officials said the penalty stroke was called because the goalie covered up the ball. Hathorn had no trouble with the assessment.
“That was a good call,” she said.
Haley Wood took the shot for Windsor and hit a low crisp shot to the right of Springfield goalie Erin Chlebak which hit the board to tie the score.
“That goal turned things around,” said Windsor co-coach Jody Wood.
Not only did the goal give Windsor a lift, but it also deflated Springfield at the same time.
Chlebak kept Windsor from winning the game in regulation when she roamed far out of her net with seven minutes to go and stopped Wood who was breaking ahead of the field.
The 10-minute, 7-on-7 overtime lasted just over a minute.
Haley Wood, wide left of Chlebak, moved the ball into the middle, where Ashley Wilcox one-timed it to Nott, who was stationed to the right of Chlebak. The Springfield goalie scurried to cover the short side, but was a tad late as Nott knocked it in.
The win evened Windsor’s record at 2-2, while Springfield (1-4), after opening the season with a win over Burr and Burton, has lost four straight.
One reason Springfield had such a territorial edge for so long was the midfield play of freshman Amelia Battista. She was a momentum killer, stopping Windsor drives before they could get started.
Springfield opened the scoring with nearly eight minutes gone as hard-hitting Kaylee Haskell, positioned just inside the circle, pushed the ball toward Windsor keeper Emma Saucier. But the ball was deflected en route and ended up on the stick of the Cosmos’ Maygan Daly, who slapped it in.
The Windsor chances were few in the first half, despite four penalty corners.
As the game moved deep into the second half, Windsor showed some spark. Wood had a couple of crosses that went flying in front of the Cosmos’ cage. Eventually, Wood ushered a shot toward Chlebak, who stopped the shot, putting her pads together and squeezing the ball between them.
For that, she was called for covering up the ball and the resulting penalty stroke.
Both teams play again Friday, Windsor at Burr and Burton and Springfield at Hartford.