Skodock's overtime goal lifts field hockey past Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Myri Skodock (pictured) scored off an assist from Kate Burkett with 2:59 left in overtime to lift the Colby College field hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 win over Thomas College on Tuesday at Bill Alfond Field.
 
Colby improves to 2-1 overall, while the Terriers dropped to 3-3.
 
The teams went to seven-on-seven play in the overtime session to make it a more wide open game. Thomas goalkeeper Leah Kruse, sharp all night for the Terriers, had two consecutive difficult saves on Merel van Gijzen and Georgia Cassidy with 4:10 left in overtime.
 
With more room due to less players, Burkett pushed a pass over to Skodock up top on the left side of the circle. Skodock, with a defender on her, quickly turned and fired a low shot to the right corner of the cage. Kruse may have been screened on the play.
 
Thomas took the play to the Mules in the first 10 minutes of the game and held two leads in the first half. Lindsey Gregoire opened the scoring for the Terriers on a hard backhand shot at 11:30 of the opening half off a pass from Katie Taylor.
 
Cassidy, who had two goals and one assist, tied the game at 1-1 at 20:30 when she blasted in a penalty corner pass from teammate Kallie Hutchinson.
 
The Terriers, though, bounced back to make it 2-1 just 1:26 after Cassidy's goal. Emily Pratt tipped in a shot by Gregoire.
 
Thomas appeared to be heading toward a lead at halftime, but Cassidy tied the game with just 10.4 seconds to the break. She was given too much room to maneuver and ripped a backhand shot.
 
Skodock gave Colby its first lead at 3-2 when Cassidy had a hard pass to the middle. Skodock, while falling to the turf, managed to get good wood on the shot for the score at 50:13.
 
Despite the Mules dominating the second half, Thomas refused to give up and tied the game at 3-3 off its only shot of the half. On a penalty corner, Kelci Faulkingham had a hard shot from just inside the circle off an assist from Allie Gregoire.
 
The Mules had a 28-4 shot advantage and a 15-3 margin in penalty corners. Colby hit the crossbar and the post on shots in the second half. Tjhomas also had defensive saves from Tiffany Weeks and Haley Thebarge in the game.
 
Kruse had seven of her 11 saves in the opening half. 
 
Colby plays at 12th-ranked Williams College on Saturday at noon. The Terriers play host to Kean University on Saturday at 11 a.m.
 
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