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Rival Simmons Sinks Saints in Heartbreaker

Photo courtesy of Merrill Shea Photography and the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Merrill Shea Photography and the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

The Saints women’s soccer team controlled the play for a strong majority of Tuesday night’s rivalry game against their neighbors from Simmons.

They led all the statistical categories: they outshot Simmons 26-10, including a 13-6 advantage in shots on goal, and led the Sharks in corner kicks 12-2.

Yet when the game reached overtime, none of those categories mattered anymore, and it was Simmons’ Greer Gilbert that sent the Sharks home with the 2-1 win at Roberto Clemente Field. After shaking a defender, Gilbert blasted a loose ball into the top of the net just over eight and a half minutes into the first overtime. The goal was Gilbert’s second of the night, as she opened the scoring in the 80th minute of the game.

After a scoreless yet entertaining opening 79 and a half minutes of action, Simmons sophomore Kashka Gammon lobbed a ball over the top of the Saints’ back line finding Gilbert, who chipped it past an on-charging Tori Laroche (four saves) to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead with just 10:38 remaining on the clock. The goal ended Laroche’s program record shutout streak at 529:33.

The lead was short-lived for the Sharks, as with seven minutes left, the Saints earned a corner kick. Senior Molly Carey took the kick, lofting it into the box, where it found the head of classmate Katelyn Fink. Fink’s header bounced past a defender and over the top of the keeper to tie the game at one with 6:49 remaining.

The overtime session was a relative chess match before Gilbert’s goal came just before the end of the first overtime. Her goal came on the only shot on goal of the overtime period for either team.

With the loss, the Saints drop to 8-8 overall on the season and 6-2 in the GNAC, while Simmons improves to 8-6, 7-1 in the GNAC. The Saints return to action Saturday for a Senior Day matchup with the Mount Ida Mustangs at Clemente Field. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Curtis Fraser ’16 is the sports editor and a staff writer for The Hub. He can be reached at

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