Lady Warriors fall in OT

Published 10:29 pm Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reacting to the shot: Nansemond River goalie Lindsey Hunter and midfielder Mary Gover (23) react to a Lafayette shot on goal in the first half of Friday’s match at Nansemond River. Hunter made 15 saves for the Lady Warriors as Lafayette won 2-1 in overtime.

With a goal 1:29 into sudden-death overtime, visiting Lafayette gave Nansemond River (3-1, 3-0) its first setback of the field hockey season with a 2-1 loss Friday at Nansemond River.

The Lady Rams, from Williamsburg and the Group AA Bay Rivers District, carried the attack to the Lady Warriors for the majority of the match. NR sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Hunter kept her team in the match with 15 saves.

While Lafayette outshot the Lady Warriors, the hosts took the first lead of the match and had chances late in regulation to score a winning goal.

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Forwards Perri Holloman and Erica Dover had promising chances on goal in the opening few minutes.

Lafayette turned much of the action around after NR’s good start. Hunter and the Lady Warriors turned away seven Lafayette penalty corners in the first 30 minutes.

Nansemond River gained the lead in the 20th minute with one fast rush down the field.

Starting 80 yards from goal with a free hit by Loren Daubenspeck, the Lady Warriors rushed down the right sideline. Markelle Patterson’s pass found Holloman, who crossed into the center of the Lafayette arc. Dover cracked a one-time shot straight into the back of the Lady Ram cage for the goal.

Lafayette’s pressure on the NR arc continued and it paid off with the tying goal two minutes before halftime.

The Lady Warriors had to rely more on Hunter as the second half progressed. Hunter kicked away a number of hard drives on goal.

With about seven minutes in regulation, Hunter and the Lady Warriors somehow kept the ball out of the goal during a big melee near the right post

NR successfully defended six more Lady Ram corners in the second half.

In 7-on-7 overtime, the Lady Warriors kept possession for the first minute, attempting to attack down the right sideline.

Lafayette cleared the ball long and it turned straight into a break on goal. The Lafayette forward went practically one-on-one against Hunter and slapped a hard shot waist-high into the cage.

Nansemond River hosts another non-district match Tuesday, facing Heritage at 4:30 p.m. Next up in the Southeastern District is a match at Western Branch Wednesday at 5 p.m.