The RIC Anchorwomen finally broke their overtime jinx and prevailed in the added frame off an Abby Hummel goal in the 94th minute, as the maroon and gold beat Plymouth State University 3-2 on a crisp early-Saturday afternoon.
The possession scales favored the home side for much fo the first half, and they duly capitalized in the 38th minute off a counterattack, as Krista McKinnon glided through the Panther defenders and fired a hard shot and tucked it under the far corner for the opening goal.
Less than five minutes later, RIC found the back of the net yet again when defender Kerry Donahue pushed forward and fired a curling rocket from the left channel that sailed past PSC keeper Ashley Riberdy in the 41st minute.
Riding the two-goal lead, RIC looked intent on taking the victory until the 62nd minute, when Stacy DiSabato fired a free kick that initially landed in the clutches of RIC keeper Krissie Pyrzynski. But the senior keeper failed to corral it, and Alex Marcel pounced on the rebound for the PSC goal.
The guests’ offensive momentum continued in 71st minute, as the Plymouth State side found themselves deep in the RIC end, as a scramble for the ball ensued in the 6-yard box. Then, Georgia Rooney finally put a foot on the ball and thwacked it into the net for the equalizer.
After the game remained tied after regulation, the Anchorwomen anxiously headed into overtime with a 0-5-1 record in their previous six extra-time affairs. But any apprehension about another heartbreaker dissolved less than four minutes into the first OT when Hummel took the ball near the right corner of the box, and beat Riberdy far post for the glorious game-winning goal.