UMass Uses Penalty Shots To Battle Past Richmond, 2-1
Oct. 25, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts field hockey team used penalty shots to defeat Richmond, 2-1 on Friday after the squads tied through double-overtime. Hannah Prince had the deciding penalty shot to send the Minutewomen away from Garber Field with the victory while Alexa Sikalis and Charlotte Verelst added successful conversions. Goalkeeper Sam Carlino earned seven saves through double-overtime before she limited the Spiders to one success penalty shot in four attempts.
Using the new format that allows players to start with possession outside the circle and dribble in with an eight-second clock, the Minutewomen (13-4 overall, 4-0 Atlantic 10) converted three of four attempts to clinch the win.
Richmond (10-6, 3-1) started the penalty shot series, with Kelly Quinn whistled on her attempt when she knocked the ball with her foot following a block by Carlino. Verelst stepped in for the Minutewomen put through an attempt from close range to give UMass the early penalty shot margin.
Carlino added another impressive stop against Samantha Ostoich before Sikalis converted to double the lead. Chelsea Davies made her attempt while Izzie Delario missed wide to keep the shootout going; however, Carlino turned aside Lindsay Stevens at the left post before Prince hammered in her attempt to secure the victory for UMass.
During regulation and each overtime period, play remained possession-oriented through the center of the field as each defense limited its opposing offense within the circle. Shots favored Richmond, 12-8 through regulation and 6-5 during the overtime periods.
Sabia found the back of the cage 24 minutes, 42 seconds into play for the only goal scored in the first half. The tally marked Sabia's 17th of the season. To record the goal, Sabia trapped a bouncing play at the goalmouth and directed a rebound shot by Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski.
However, the lead was relinquished on a similar play at 47:47, when Emma Johansson trapped a loose ball near the left post and sent a shot by Carlino to even the score at 1-1.
The Spiders led in penalty corners, 10-4, including a 4-2 advantage during the overtime periods. Zarkoski finished with seven saves against one goal allowed.
UMass wraps up its regular season home schedule with a game against VCU (8-8, 2-2) on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Noon. Admission at Garber Field is free.