CONCORD — Concord-Carlisle head coach Jacqui Turner had to fight back tears as he spoke of his 16th-seeded Patriots’ performance in two overtimes against a familiar foe in their division. 1 first round match Monday night.
After rallying twice in the second half to advance in the tournament despite one of their key starters leaving for the hospital following goggle training, it’s hard to blame her.
With a trick to redirect the ball just far enough off the line for a goal, Kate Francini broke the tie in double overtime to help Concord-Carlisle to a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 17 Lincoln-Sudbury. It was the second goal of the night for Francini, who had to score his first for the team at one goal with just over five minutes left in regulation time.
It was the perfect end to a one-game marathon, fully complementing a sensational comeback that at many points seemed to swing in Lincoln-Sudbury’s favor.
“We were able to do that for Kate Lyons, she’s in the hospital right now. Tonight wasn’t going to be her last night,” Turner said. “I think we held on. … Courage, the determination, the sportsmanship of the team – all around everyone, from our outfield players on the pitch to our sideline, to our bench, to our book – everyone was doing their job. is what we needed today.
With only one shot on goal at the break compared to the Warriors’ seven, the Patriots needed all the courage they showed in the second half to pull off the upset. Especially when it comes to an important player like Lyon.
Shortly after the injury, Concord-Carlisle finally entered the board, only to have Julia Lambert’s shot disallowed. Minutes later, Lambert’s next goal – a missile through the circle – would not be canceled out for a 1-1 draw.
Back and forth, the teams held off the board until the middle of the fourth quarter, with Concord-Carlisle controlling play much of the way keeping Lincoln-Sudbury without a shot in the third quarter.
That wouldn’t matter with around six minutes on the clock, however, as Reagan Malo netted the second of his two goals in the most unlikely of ways – a shot ricocheted off the pipe back into the cage.
But without missing a beat, Concord-Carlisle stormed right off. The Patriots midfielder worked the ball to the circle with ease, and less than a minute after falling behind again, Francini again buried a rebound for the neutralizer.
“Our team has shown (resilience) all season,” Turner said. “We were able to come back, we were able to show courage and determination. … You can’t want anything more as a coach.
Lincoln-Sudbury came close to winning in the first overtime, getting a breakaway just after a Concord-Carlisle corner. The shot went left, though Lorena Neptune (10 saves) had the kind of night she would stop it. And once the second overtime came, that kind of night shifted to Francini, who swung a rocket from Lambert for the clincher.
Concord-Carlisle will face No. 1 Walpole in the second round.