FROSTBURG, MD —
Villa Julie senior Laura Higgs scored her third goal of the game with 2:36 left in overtime to lift the visiting Mustangs to a 14-13 win over Frostburg State Thursday afternoon at Bobcat Field.
The loss spoiled a tremendous offensive effort by Bobcat freshman Page Macey (Linthicum, Md./North County), who finished with a career-high eight goals and an assist.
Villa Julie (7-8) trailed, 12-10, with 3:54 left in regulation before scoring twice to tie the game. Higgs found the net with exactly 1:00 left, and freshman Rachel Jones forced overtime by finding the net with just 17 seconds remaining.
Frostburg State (6-7) regained possession in the closing seconds of regulation and looked for the game-winner, but senior Melissa Lennon (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) fired a shot just wide right with :04 left.
The Mustangs moved in front for the first time all afternoon when senior Lynn Mann scored with 59 ticks left in the first half of overtime, but FSU answered just 48 seconds later when senior defender Adey Ntam (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) picked up a ground ball deep in the defensive end, raced the length of the field and fired a shot in to tie the game, 13-13.
Macey began the game with consecutive tallies to give FSU a 2-0 lead, but VJC scored twice in a span of 29 seconds to pull even.
Macey helped the Bobcats move back in front by feeding freshman Cathy Moffit (Severna Park, Md./Mt. De Sales) at the 18:07 mark before finding the net for her third time less than four minutes later.
Higgs pulled Villa Julie to within 4-3 at 8:39 before Macey and Lennon connected on back-to-back tallies just 44 seconds apart to give FSU a 6-3 advantage.
Mustang sophomore Kim Gorsch scored the first of her three goals on the afternoon with 25 seconds left in the half to cut the Bobcat lead to 6-4 at the break.
Villa Julie junior Heather Valunas found the net just 56 seconds into the period to bring the Mustangs to within one, but Macey scored twice in a span of 11 seconds to push the Bobcats ahead, 8-5.
Villa Julie continued to hang tough and scored three times in a span of 2:17 to pull even. Macey snapped the string just 29 seconds later to give the Bobcats a 9-8 edge, but the Mustangs needed just 12 seconds to answer as Higgs collected the ball off the draw and beat FSU sophomore goalie Sarah Shockley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) one-on-one.
Macey came up big again for FSU, as she converted a feed from junior Andrea Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) to give the Bobcats a 10-9 lead with 14:40 to go.
FSU freshman Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) sandwiched goals around a tally by Higgs to give the Bobcats a 12-10 and set up an exciting finish.
Tomko finished with two goals and two assists, while Duffy recorded three assists.
The Bobcats close out their regular season on Saturday when they host St. Mary's (Md.) at 2:00 p.m.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303