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October 23, 2013

Gordon scores overtime win over rival Endicott

BEVERLY — Gordon College captain Karli Balmer made a great run down the right sideline, and sent the ball across the crease. It bounced off the post and into the back of the net for the winning goal with 8:29 remaining in the sudden death first overtime on Play For the Cure Day at Endicott’s North Field. The Gulls wore hot pink socks, and there were banners supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Grace Fabry was ready for the tip in at the left corner of the net, but Balmer’s shot found it’s mark for a thrilling come from behind 3-2 victory for the Fighting Scots, who trailed by two goals until Fabry scored on a tip in with 12 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 2-1.

“That goal was huge at the end of the half because it gave us energy,” said Gordon coach Cory Ward after his team improved to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in the CCC. “There’s a big difference between being down 2-0 and 2-1. We are a second half team, and we came out strong.

“I think the biggest difference was our conditioning. We were able to maintain possession and take good shots in that half. What a great move by Balmer to win it.”

Both teams had excellent chances to in overtime. Endicott threatened early when Mackenzie Hurst, who has four game winning goals, got by defenders to go in alone. Gordon goalie Anna Bury came way out of her net to break up the play.

“Our goalie made a huge diving save on that breakaway,” said Ward. “She was very strong all game, but this was a team win. We know we’re in the playoffs, but we’re still fighting to nail down that No. 2 seed so we can host a game. This is the first time we’ve been undefeated against both Salem State and Endicott during the regular season which is big for the North Shore Cup.”

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