BOSTON - Junior Natalie Rivas lifted a shot from just inside the circle to secure an overtime win for the Wildcats against Simmons College. The Wildcats beat the Sharks, 4-3.
Johnson & Wales: 4-9
Simmons College: 5-9
Simmons was first to get on the board, putting in two goals in the first five minutes of the game. However, the Wildcats fought back to even the score before the end of the opening quarter. Senior McKayla Weaver answered with, not one but, two goals. The first was scored in the 12th minute of the game when she deflected a ball up and over the goalkeepers reach. Next came in 3 minutes later when Rivas shot a ball cross cage and Weaver deflected the ball into the net, bringing the game to 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Sharks and Wildcats battled evenly and scoreless into the third quarter when Rachel DeVore was able to finish on a ball that was sent across by Heather Lind. The Sharks answered with a goal of their own from Hannah Scott, tying the game again 3-3.
As neither team was able to capitalize in the fourth quarter the game went into overtime. The Wildcats were awarded a penalty corner 105 seconds into extra time, Jillian Miele fired a shot that was turned away by the Sharks keeper. Rivas collected the rebound just inside the circle on the left side and lifted a shot over the Simmons goalie and into the back of the cage for the game winner with 8:03 left in the extra period.
Simmons held a slight 17-16 shot advantage, but Johnson & Wales took the only two shots in the overtime period and also doubled up the home team in penalty corner opportunities by a count of 14-7. Goalkeeper Grace Pendergast turned away 7 of the 10 shots on goal.
Johnson & Wales returns to action on October 16 when it heads to Newport, R.I. to take on Salve Regina University at 6:00 p.m.