SOMERS – The emotions on the sideline were not completely unexpected.
The losses have been few and far between for Somers over the last three years, so there were some tears Monday following a 2-1 overtime loss to Arlington on Senior Day.
It was only the second loss for the Class A power in three seasons.
“We went into this game knowing we had to perform, knowing it was going to be a really big test,” senior defender Mary Murphy said. “We have to do better. We need to go into the next game and play with a lot of heart, too.”
The Admirals were a step behind for most of the mandatory overtime periods, but won a critical 50-50 ball and took full advantage.
Molly Feighan netted the winner.
She came upon the ball in a crowd and fired a shot from the left corner, placing the ball perfectly in the far top corner with a minute to go in the second OT.
“To be honest, I didn’t even see what happened,” Feighan said. “I kicked the ball and in it went, then I was on the ground. It was a really, really good team effort. I’m so excited about what I think we have going on moving forward.”
With good reason.
Arlington (13-2) will go into sectionals this weekend as a Class AA favorite. Michaela Fasolino had the Admirals up 1-0 when she got behind the defense with 27 minutes to play in regulation.
That goal seemed to inspire the Tuskers (12-1-1), who picked up the intensity and began to manufacture scoring chances. Jenna Menta tucked a corner kick from Ciara Ostrander just inside the post with two minutes to go in regulation.
Somers was a different team after the goal.
“They’re a great team and I thought they outplayed us,” Tuskers coach Paul Saia said. “We outplayed them in the overtime, but things didn’t go our way. For the first 80 minutes, they were the better team and deserved to win.
“You know, hopefully it’s a wake-up call.”
Player of the game: Only a handful of the 21 saves Arlington goalie Becky Gold came up were routine.
“It was a big team effort,” Feighan said. “It started on the back with Becky. … They are a really, really strong team. We’ve played them in the past and haven’t gotten the result, but we got it this time.”
Turning point: Gold and Co. were under pressure most of the overtime, but did not flinch. Somers went into scramble mode, hoping to make something happen as time grew short and was eventually caught out of position.
Stat line: Kendall Feighan assisted the first Admirals goal. … Lauren Chiriboga made six saves for the Tuskers and Lauren Jockimo made 13 saves.
Quotable: “I take full responsibility for that last goal,” Murphy said. “It’s the sweeper’s job to make sure that ball doesn’t trickle through and I just couldn’t hang with her on that one. She is a great player and showed it there.”