Breck's Elinor Applebaum rushes upfield as Sally Calengor of Benilde-St. Margaret's defends. Applebaum had two goals in the Mustangs' 11-10 victory over the Red Knights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Late in the second half of Thursday’s game, the message from Breck coach Ashley Nelsen was to just breathe and calm down.
“I didn’t want them to worry about the players or fans cheering in the stands,” Nelsen said. “Just breathe and don’t worry about everything else.”
Nelsen’s words of wisdom came through twice in less than two minutes of actual game time on Thursday. Senior forward Natalie Ott scored with 17 seconds to go to force overtime against Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Less than a minute into the overtime session, senior forward Elosie Cherian scored and propelled Breck to a thrilling 11-10 overtime win against their Section 5 rival.
Breck's Natalie Ott fires a shot toward the Benilde-St. Margaret's net early in the second half Thursday evening. Ott had five goals for the Mustangs in their 11-10 overtime victory against the Red Knights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Trailing Benilde-St. Margaret’s 10-9 with 17 seconds remaining in regulation, Breck got a late goal to tie the game and another less than a minute into overtime to eke out an 11-10 overtime win Thursday.
The Red Knights (4-4, 3-1) came out primed to pull off the upset against the Mustangs, ranked No. 4 in the latest coaches’ poll. Senior midfielder Grace Juckniess and freshman midfielder Emma Peschel scored to give Benilde-St. Margaret’s an early 2-0 lead.
By the end of the first half, however, Breck (7-1, 2-0) had fought its way back to tie the game at four heading into the break. Four different Mustangs scored in the opening 25 minutes. Meanwhile, junior goaltender Lydia Akin came up big with six first-half saves. She finished the game with nine.
In the second half, the teams traded runs. Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior forward Maggie Anderson and sophomore midfielder Piper Ehlen each added goals in the second half as each player finished a team-high three goals. With 1:05 remaining in the second half, junior forward Maitland Luksan scored her first goal of the game to put the Red Knights ahead 10-9.
Then, Breck senior forward Natalie Ott scored her fifth goal of the game following a foul that tied the game at 10 and sent it into overtime.
After losing the opening faceoff in overtime, the Mustangs regained possession. Following another Benilde-St. Margaret’s foul, senior forward Eloise Cherian beat Red Knight goaltender Megan Daubenberger to give Breck the win. Daubenberger finished with 11 saves.
Benilde-St. Margaret's junior Maggie Anderson looks for a shot while being pressured by Breck's Nora Johansson. Anderson had three goals for the Red Knights in their 11-10 overtime loss to the Mustangs. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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