MANCHESTER - In a grueling game, the Burr and Burton Academy varsity field hockey team defeated Brattleboro 2-1 in overtime on Monday. The Bulldogs (2-5) played a fierce back and forth with Brattleboro until Brattleboro Colonel Daija Germain scored a goal with two minutes left in the first half against Bulldog goalie, Anastasia Arvin-DeBlasio.

"I noticed I was off balance and we had a momentary break down in our defense, but I think we did a good job of keeping the chatter up and getting back in the game," said Arvin-DeBlasio.

Once the second half began, Bulldog Caroline Kepler scored a goal, tying the game with 18 minutes left. Five minutes later, Colonel Haley George was given a green card for injuring the Bulldogs Emily Sullivan, sending both players off the field.

Constant passing kept the Bulldogs neck and neck with the Colonels through the rest of the second half, leaving the game tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.

"We have a lot of young, inexperienced players that are getting better and are able to hold the team together really well," said BBA coach Barb Miceli. "We've been working on passing a lot and are getting better as a team."

In overtime, BBA's Amelia Cummings took a pass from Mary Cummings and put it in for the score to give BBA the win.

"I don't even know what happened out there, but I know the team did really well as a whole," said Cummings. "All we need next is a similar game, the same teamwork, and the same communication."

Despite the win, the Bulldogs are not allowing themselves to look too far into the future.

"Our next step is our next game," said Miceli. "We have to take it one game at a time, leading to each next game and each next success."