Overtime thriller: Hollenbeck buries winner to give Potsdam a 1-0 win against New Paltz
Hailey Hollenbeck dribbled past the first defender that came up on the ball and then made a couple more shifty moves to get beyond the defense.
Now, the freshman forward from Hudson, N.Y. found that she was all alone with New Paltz goal keeper Krysten Kane.
With one swing from Hollenbeck's leg, the ball jetted up into the top part of the net. Hollenbeck sank to her knees as her teammates emptied the bench to join in the celebration.
It took 98 minutes and 19 seconds, but the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team defeated SUNY New Paltz 1-0 in overtime at Maxcy Turf Field on Friday.
"It's nice to be part of us becoming better and making moments like this," said a beaming Hollenbeck. "I felt like a goal was coming. You could feel it in the momentum that it was coming. We started winning more of the 50/50 balls. You get focused on scoring a goal and when you're one-on-one with the keeper, you know it's there."
It had been a long time coming for the Bears (5-6-1 overall, 2-2 SUNYAC), who had not beaten the Hawks (2-8-3 overall, 0-4-1 SUNYAC) since a 4-3 road victory back in 2003. In the previous nine meetings, Potsdam had been 0-7-2 against New Paltz.
Fellow freshman goal keeper Michaela Cole (4-3-1) was stout once again as she made eight saves for her second consecutive shutout. The Parishville, N.Y. native has now dropped her goals against average under one goal per match to .99 for the first time since her debut on Aug. 31 against New England College.
Cole was able to either tip or gather several solid shots by New Paltz. In the first half, Cole stopped a threat from junior midfielder Rebecca Rothman, whose shot went off Cole's hands and drifted back in front of the net where a Potsdam defender was able to clear it to safety. An ambitious shot by sophomore midfielder Kristina Gandolfo was corralled by Cole with 5:50 remaining in the half.
New Paltz controlled the tempo in the first half, gaining a 9-2 shots advantage through the first 45 minutes of play.
But, Potsdam picked their intensity and aggressiveness as the match wore on.
Freshman midfielder Kaylen Van Wagner (Red Hook, N.Y. / Hotchkiss) made two valiant efforts to score in the second half. At the 48:01 mark, she took a set piece and fired it off the post. Nearly seven and a half minutes later, she fired a free kick on target that was corralled by Kane in goal. Van Wagner once again led the Bears in shots with four including two on goal.
"Games have ebb and flows to them and you got to fight through the rough patches," said third-year Potsdam coach Mark Misiak. "I think, especially from minute 46 through the extra time winner, we fought really hard. What a fantastic finish. She [Hollenbeck] had the presence of mind to get the ball up and over so I'm so happy for the girls."
For Hollenbeck, it's her second straight winning goal after scoring the decider in a 2-0 win at Oswego State last Saturday. She leads the Bears in goals with three and points with eight.
Potsdam will get very little rest as the Bears will turn around and host SUNY Oneonta Saturday at 1 p.m. in another SUNYAC match.