GAFFNEY, S.C. - The Coker University field hockey team defeated Limestone 5-4 in a double-overtime thriller in South Atlantic Conference Carolinas action on Saturday (Sept. 28).
Limestone scored the first goal of the game three minutes in with a marker from Thando Muchemenyi assisted by Kate Remley. The Saints would hold that lead for the remainder of the quarter, holding the Cobras without a shot in the opening quarter.
Coker would out-shoot Limestone 4-2 in the second quarter and also get chances with three penalty corners, but the Cobras were unable to get on the board in the frame. Limestone would take its 1-0 lead to the half.
Coker would out-score Limestone 3-2 in the third quarter to send the game to its final quarter tied. The Cobras finally broke through with a penalty stroke goal from Ellie Mead less than four minutes in, before Limestone would re-gain its lead with a goal from Kelly Diplock 53 seconds later. The Cobras would tie the game yet again at the eight-minute mark when Amelia Gajewski scored from Britt Kabo. The Saints would once again take the lead less than two minutes later when Keaghan Keracher scored unassisted. The final goal of the third quarter would come from Kabo unassisted with less than three minutes to go in the frame. The teams would head to the final 15 minutes knotted at three-all.
Limestone would score its fourth goal halfway through the quarter, before Lisa Rempt would score from Kabo less than two minutes later to yet again tie the game. From there, the contest would head to overtime.
Limestone would out-shoot Coker 4-1 in the overtime period, but the contest would require a second overtime period to be decided.
With a minute and a half separating the teams from the end of the second overtime and a stroke-off, it was Alyssa Baronella O'Toole finding the back of the cage to seal the win for the Cobras.
Five different Cobras scored goals in the contest, while Kabo recorded both assists in the game. Coker totaled 17 shots, while winning the penalty corner battle 11-8. Mead and Gajewski each posted four shots on the day, while Baronella-O'Toole registered three. Kaleigh Cordrey and Kabo each recorded two shots, while Kelly Mason and Rempt each chipped in one shot. Kayla Hnasko (3-2) totaled nine saves in the win for Coker.
The Cobras (4-4, 3-3 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas) travel to Newberry on Wednesday (Oct. 2) for a conference matchup. The game is slated to start at 6:00 p.m.