By Myles Goldman
It was a scorcher at LIU Post’s Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 15, as the women’s field hockey team played against the Adelphi University Panthers for the first time this season.
The game was slow in both the first and second halves, with the score static at 0-0.
It wasn’t until the end of the 67th minute, when a sharp pass by LIU Post senior forward Emily Miller connected to sophomore midfielder Sammy Bell, to put the Pioneers on top, 1-0, with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Prior to the combined effort by Bell and Miller, Miller had drawn a penalty for body contact earlier in the half.
“The penalty affected me slightly; I was more heated than anything because it wasn’t a call I agreed with, but I knew that when I got back in the game, we had to step it up with the few minutes that were left,” Miller said.
While it seemed like the Pioneers had sealed the deal by the late goal, the Panthers were given a break by scoring on a penalty shot with over one minute left in regulation.
As the clock winded down, there was a brief intermission before overtime, which gave the Pioneers a minute to put together a strategy.
“Before overtime, we all got together and talked about the heart and passion we have. We usually play well in overtime, so we wanted to make sure everyone was composed and confident going into it,” Miller said.
Overtime ended as quickly as it began as Miller scored the game-winning goal just 58 seconds into the period, assisted by freshman forward Emma Braeckmans, to give the Pioneers the win.
The Pioneers’ record for the fall season is now two wins, two losses before their game on Sunday, Sept. 23 against Saint Anselm College.
This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.