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Freadman Nets Double-Overtime Winner as Saints Top Rival Sharks 2-1

Courtney Freadman (above) scored her third of the season on Monday afternoon in the Saints' first overtime win since September 30, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.)

Courtney Freadman (above) scored her third of the season on Monday afternoon in the Saints’ first overtime win since September 30, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.)

Twice in the second overtime it appeared that Simmons (6-6-2, 5-3 GNAC) had won the game, but Emmanuel’s freshman goalkeeper Victoria Laroche (season-high 16 saves) had other plans.

Two key diving stops from Laroche in the second overtime, the first on a header from in close from Greer Gilbert, the second on a rip from Kashka Gammon labeled for the top corner right corner, kept the Saints (7-8-0, 5-3 GNAC) alive Monday afternoon at Winsor Field.

With the Sharks appearing to be taking control in the second overtime, Saints head coach Wayne Currie made three offensive substitutions about halfway through the ten minute period, and the decision paid off in a major way. Freshman Hailey Longbottom found her teammate Courtney Freadman streaking down the left side, and Freadman ripped an incredible arching shot off the far post and into the back off the net for third goal of the season, securing a 2-1 victory for the Saints. Both Freadman and Longbottom had just entered the game moments before the winning tally.

The first half belonged almost entirely to Simmons, who outshot the Saints 8-4 in the frame and maintained possession in Emmanuel’s defensive end for an overwhelming majority of the half. The Sharks’ Greer Gilbert netted the only goal of the half in the 17th minute, her sixth goal of the season, after getting free on a breakaway and chipping it by Laroche.

The Saints came out looking completely re-energized in the second half, turning the tables on the dominant Sharks’ first half. An equalizer seemed nearly inevitable in the early minutes of the half, and sure enough, in the 64th minute, a Saints clearance found Hannah Konicki, and on a play in which it looked as though little would come of it, Konicki fired a shot from long distance that curled up over the outstretched arm of Simmons goalkeeper Briana Hayes and into the top right corner of the net for her fifth goal of the season. The goal tied the game at one, where it stayed until Freadman ended it in the 107th minute.

Emmanuel’s win moves them into a tie for third place in the GNAC with the Sharks with three conference games remaining. The Saints next take on University of St. Joseph (Conn.) on Saturday, who currently sits in second place in the GNAC at 5-2-1. Kick off is set for 1:00PM at Clemente Field.

Curtis Fraser is the Sports Editor for The Hub. He can be reached at fraserc@emmanuel.edu.

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