WATERVILLE, Maine – Kelci Faulkingham (Belfast, Maine) scored twice, including the game-winner on a penalty stroke in overtime, to give the Thomas College field hockey team a 4-3 victory over Husson on Wednesday evening at Bernatchez Field.
Husson got the early advantage in the fifth minute, with a corner entry going to Katie Perkins, who slid a pass to Victoria Friend for a winding shot and goal. Thomas tilted the field to their advantage late in the first with a pair of quality scoring opportunities. In the 11th minute Faulkingham fired a straight shot off a corner entry that Husson goalie Kimmie Goddard was able to get a toe on to deny the goal. A minute later, Britney Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) had an open shot 10 yards out but missed on the initial shot. Her second shot got through the off-balance Goddard, but Karen Stemm was there to make the defensive save and keep it 1-0 after one.
Thomas was able to even it up midway through the second period when a Faulkingham shot from the top was tipped from five yards out by Lindsey Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) and deflected in to make it 1-1. The Terriers would take the lead three minutes later in the 26th when a perfect corner insert by Allie Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) made its way to Faulkingham, who sent a rocket of a shot off the inside of the left post and in for the 2-1 advantage.
Lindsey Gregoire found that back of the cage again two minutes into the third when she collected a rebound off a Goddard save put it back on goal and in for the 3-1 advantage. The Eagles came storming back late in the period, scoring in the 38th minute when Stemm found Caroline Johnson near the left post for a shot that slipped under the diving Thomas goaltender Leah Kruse (Norridgewock, Maine) and in to cut the lead to 3-2. Husson picked up another when Friend carried the ball into the circle and passed across to Johnson who beat Kruse to tie it 3-3.
Husson had a strong scoring opportunity in the 48th minute when Allysah Greene fired a bullet of a shot from the top of the circle, but Kruse was able to get her blocker on it to deflect it out and keep the game tied 3-3 heading to 7-on-7 overtime.
Thomas held possession for most of the extra frame, culminating in a strong scoring opportunity for Britney Gregoire. Gregoire carried the ball towards the goal and into a pack of Husson defenders. After a diving save by Goddard, the Eagles were whistled for a foul and Thomas was awarded a penalty stroke. Faulkingham stepped up to the dot and pushed a shot to the left side of the goal just by the outstretched Goddard for the game-winning goal 4:37 into overtime.
Kruse earned the win for Thomas, making two saves. Goddard stopped ten shots in the loss for Husson.
The Terriers will host New England College in an NECC contest on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 AM.