Arlington tops MSJ in OT

ARLINGTON - In a hard fought game, the Arlington Memorial High School girls soccer team edged Mount Saint Joseph's Academy 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

The game ended in dramatic fashion as sophomore Molly Elwell scored the game winning goal off a header from freshman forward Shelby Baker with 3:55 remaining in the overtime period. The score caused many of those in attendance and the Arlington girls both on the field and the bench to erupt in celebration.

"We just dug down. We didn't have our greatest game offensively obviously. I don't know how much we outshot them by but it was huge," said Arlington Head Coach Dan Wood of the win. "It's always a bad thing when you dominate like that and have scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity and can't put it in. The girls really dug down deep and came back."

In a post game interview, Mount Saint Joseph Head Coach Sarah Fortier had nothing but good things to say not only about Elwell's game winning goal.

"Obviously we were trying to shut down number 15 (Elwell) and number 3 (senior co-captain Rayleen Sherman). I think we pretty much did that because that was gorgeous; absolutely gorgeous. I'm happy to lose like that. That's the way you should lose. She couldn't get her foot on it. So, I'm really proud of my kids. I got sixth eighth graders. It's all up from here," Fortier said. "I wish them nothing but the best. I'd like to see them take it."

Sherman got the scoring started for the Eagles (8-4-1) after a shot on MSJ's keeper Monica Schmelzenbach slipped through her hands on the ground. Sherman charged forward, and punched the ball into the back of the net for the score.

Then in the 14th minute of the game a questionable call on Arlington senior defender Jennah Lacoste for a take down in the box set up a penalty kick for MSJ. Freshman defender Charlotte Hudson took the kick and buried it into the lower right corner of the goal to knot the score 1-1.

In a post-game interview with Sherman, she indicated the MSJ goal strengthened their resolve and determination.

"When they tied it up we knew we needed to work hard," said Sherman. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game going in today. We beat them there 5-3 there (at MSJ) and we knew it wasn't going to be that easy in this one."

With 7:30 left to go in the first half, Arlington senior forward Becca Bushee lofted a ball high in goal over the outstretched hands of Schmelzenbach to put Arlington ahead 2-1off the assist from Savannah Pike.

But MSJ came to play and in the 24th minute of the second half they fired a shot that bounced off the left post and underside of the crossbar before being knocked back into the field of play, narrowly missing an opportunity to tie the score at two. About 30 seconds later though MSJ finished the job when sophomore co-captain Megan Eaton scored off an assist from junior forward Emma Shouldice.

After the game, Wood said it was the defense that really deserved a lot of the credit for the victory.

"The defense played well overall. We only let one goal in besides the penalty kick and they had very few quality chances so I think the defense really deserves some praise today," he said.

Arlington sophomore goalie Hannah Andrew had three saves in the game. Schmelzenbach tallied 14 saves.

The Eagles will play Proctor Jr.-Sr. High School (13-0-1) on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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