HARTSVILLE, S.C. - The Coker University field hockey team celebrated Senior Day with a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime win over visiting Bellarmine on Saturday (Oct. 26).
The two teams played a scoreless first quarter, but Coker was able to out-shoot Bellarmine 3-0 and also earn one penalty corner in the period.
Victoria Humphreys started the scoring at 22:46 of the second quarter with a goal assisted by Lisa Rempt to give Coker a 1-0 lead. The Cobras would hold their lead into the half despite five shots and three penalty corners from Bellarmine.
At 6:15 of the third quarter, Mandi Isom scored unassisted to knot the game at 1-1. Coker would respond by re-gaining its lead with less than three minutes to play in the quarter, when Rempt scored from Kelly Mason to put the Cobras ahead 2-1. Coker would take its 2-1 lead to the fourth quarter.
Around the halfway point of the fourth, Merit Harris would score unassisted to tie the game at 2-2. That would be the only goal for the remainder of regulation as the teams would head to overtime.
One overtime period was not enough as neither team found the back of the cage, so the teams were set for a second extra session. The teams appeared to be headed for a stroke-off, before the Cobras had one last gasp in tight on the Bellarmine cage. Britt Kabo backed down several defenders and flipped the ball to open space in the middle as the clock ticked down. Alyssa Baronella-O'Toole let it rip off the one-timer and her shot would tickle the twine with just six seconds to play in double overtime to give the Cobras the victory.
Humphreys, Rempt and Baronella-O'Toole were the goal-scorers for Coker, while Rempt, Mason and Kabo assisted on markers in the game. Humphreys and Kabo each registered two shots in the game, while five others each contributed one shot. Coker also totaled nine penalty corners in the game. Kelsey Gibbons (7-3) earned the win between the pipes, making 13 stops.
Coker (10-6) finishes off the regular season next Tuesday (Oct. 29) when the Cobras welcome Limestone to the Coker Athletic Field. The action is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.
McDonald's Player of the Game - Alyssa Baronella-O'Toole