DANBURY, CT - For the second time in fewer than 24 hours, Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) scored the game-winning goal. On Saturday, the senior forward scored with 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime to lift the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over William Paterson University at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Matthews, who was set up with a quick crossing pass from Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington, CT), now has two goals on the young season.
"It was an amazing effort throughout the game," acknowledged WestConn's 15-year head coach Dani McDonnell. "The final goal was a selfless pass from Jacalyn as she held the defense and keeper, then delivered the perfect pass to Morgan in front of the open cage."
If not for the effort in the opening 10 seconds of overtime, of junior goalie Neve Manion (Newington, CT), Matthews would not have had the chance as WPU's Michaela Meillier (Mnt. Laurel, NJ) rattled off three consecutive shots, all of which were tossed aside by Manion.
Manion finished with eight saves on the afternoon.
WestConn, 2-0, took a 1-0 lead when Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) finsihed off a pass from Matthews in the sixth minute of play.
The Pioneers, now 0-1, cut their deficit in half when sophomore Abigail Viola notched her first marker of the season 3:11 into the second half. Megan Hoopes (Westmont, NJ) was credited with the assist.
Meillier knotted the game at 2-2 when she scored an unassisted goal 1:02 into the final stanza.
Senior goalie Kerianne Brown (Stroudsburg, PA) made nine saves for William Paterson.
WestConn plays host to Elms College on Tuesday, September 4. Game time is slated for 6 pm at the WAC.