WILKES-BARRE — Savannah Robinson just wouldn’t stop smiling.
Her grin was wide and bright long after meeting with her teammates, and then returning to her team’s bench and sending out a text or two.
So what caused all this joy to come over the Coughlin sophomore? A moment that she’ll remember “forever.”
Robinson scored in the 13th minute of overtime to lift the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over Wyoming Seminary in WVC field hockey Friday.
“It’s pretty stressful in overtime,” Robinson said of her first varsity goal, which led to a pile of Crusaders celebrating on the field and an ice bag for her shoulder afterward. “I ran to my best friend Brigid (Wood). I think I gave her a concussion (from the celebratory collision).”
It was a wild flurry that led to the game’s only goal, as Coughlin came down the field after repelling a Wyoming Seminary penalty corner and ensuing long corner opportunity. Brigid Wood started the attack inside the Blue Knights’ circle with a reverse-stick shot that Sem goalkeeper Mackenzie Gagliardi swatted down with the blocker on her left hand.
The rebound was pounced on by Kaitlyn Lukashewski, who fired a ticketed shot toward the Sem goal. Gagliardi was able to get her left boot on what looked like a sure goal. Then Wood pushed that rebound to Robinson.
“I was really nervous as the ball came toward me,” Robinson said. “I just tried to hit it as hard as I could.”
Despite a lack of goals, the game was an exciting up-and-down the field extravaganza. As quickly as Sarah Zbierski or Katie Colleran would send a long ball upfield for Coughlin, Tali Dressler and Isabella DelPriore were firing the ball right back into Crusaders territory.
“They’ve started the last two years,” Coughlin coach Colleen Wood said of her defensive backs. “They are able to combine with the speed we have with our mids. They’re really been working together.
“It would ease my mind if they could connect for a goal or two earlier in the game, though,” Wood added with a laugh.
This was the third time the teams had met at Guthrie Field, having weather postpone them Sept. 11, then being halted by storms after playing 21:36 of the first half Sept. 12. The game resumed Friday with 8:24 remaining in the first half.
The Blue Knights had some great chances that just didn’t connect. Midway through the second half, a 40-yard drive by Marina Barnak looked to be heading over the end line, but instead clanged off the goal post and sat in front of the goal, only to be cleared away by Crusaders keeper M’Kensie Lee.
In overtime, Mallory Lefkowicz capped a great game with two chances that were nearly converted. Her reverse-stick shot on a penalty corner led to a battle in front between Lee and Sem’s Alexis Quick for the ball at the post. Lee won that battle with a glove save. On the ensuing long corner, Morgan Malone centered to Lefkowicz for a shot that went just wide to the long side.
“We know this is always a tough battle,” Sem coach Karen Klassner said. “We put ourselves in position to succeed, but you get a game like this sometimes. We had some good chances but just had trouble finishing.
“We still have a number of games left. We’re right back at it Monday against Holy Redeemer. That’s going to be a tough game.”
Coughlin, too, had chances that on other days might have ended differently. The Crusaders were called for three fouls on their first five corners. Wood had consecutive shots early in overtime turned away by Gagliardi. Kyra Castano made a great rush into the cirlcle just to be the victim of a nifty poke check by Sem’s Molly Turner. Colleran was stopped on a corner play along the end line after working a give-and-go with Lukashewski.
The loss was the first for Sem (5-1) in WVC play, while Coughlin (5-1) is tied with Hazleton Area atop the Class 3A standings.
Coughlin 1, Wyoming Seminary 0, OT
Overtime — 1. COU, Savannah Robinson (Brigid Wood), 2:36.
Shots — SEM 8; COU 13. Saves — SEM 10 (Mackenzie Gagliardi); COU 4 (M’Kensie Lee). Penalty corners — SEM 5; COU 7.
Dallas 2, Holy Redeemer 1, OT
The Mountaineers came back to tie the game in the second half after being down 1-0 follwing the first time and would go on to win the game in overtime.
Michelle Thompson and Vanessa Parsons scored both goals for Dallas.
The Royals were led by won goal from Jenn Ringsdorf.
Dallas 2, Holy Rdeemer 1, OT
First half — 1. HR Jenn Ringsdorf (Melanie Kosakavitch), 11:10; Second half — 2. DAL Michelle Thompson, 17:19; Overtime — 3. DAL Vanessa Parsons, 8:52.
Shots — HR 7; DAL 9. Saves — HR 5 (Baily Janowski); DAL 6 (Lily Amadio). Penalty corners — HR 2; DAL 7.