NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Sophomore forward Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.) scored the golden goal with 2:24 remaining in the first overtime to lift the Norwich University women's soccer team to an enormous 3-2 victory over Rivier University on Wednesday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
Lachance scored on a long over the top pass from Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.), as she used her speed to get behind the Rivier defense and then fire a shot under the cross bar after the Raiders' goalkeeper came off her line to challenge.
The goal was Lachance's second of the game and improved her team-leading total to 12 on the season.
After a scoreless opening half, Kaila Lemmer (Barnard, Vt.) gave Norwich (5-8-1, 4-4-1 GNAC) the lead in the 48th minute with a penalty kick goal for her third tally of the season.
Norwich added to the lead in the 65th minute with Lachance scoring on another assist from Rocheville as she ran down a through ball and buried the ball past Kasey Smith to increase the Cadets' lead to 2-0.
Rivier (2-9-2, 0-7-1 GNAC) wouldn't go down quietly though as the Raiders scored twice, 51 seconds apart with two goals from Madison Wescott to knot the game up at 2-2.
Wescott scored her first goal off a pass from the end line by Jaida Mitchell to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 71st minute. She scored again in the 72nd minute, burying a rebound chance after Makayla Zulon bombed a shot from 30 yards out off the cross bar. Wescott was first to the rebound and scored with a shot into the left corner of the net.
Smith made seven saves for Rivier in the net. NU sophomore goalkeeper Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made two saves for the Cadets to improve to 5-7-1 on the season.
Norwich is tied for sixth in the GNAC standings with Albertus Magnus w/ each team having 13 points. Lasell is in eighth with 12 points, but has two games in hand on Norwich. Regis and Colby-Sawyer each have nine points and are tied for ninth.
The Cadets will travel to Lasell on Saturday for a 3 p.m. showdown with the Lasers. NU will then take on Anna Maria on Tuesday, Oct 22 at 3 p.m. in another important GNAC matchup.