“A big thing we focus on is the first five minutes of every half and the last five minutes of every half,” said Hinchion. “Unfortunately, Marblehead got their goal in the sixth minute of the first half, so it kind of backfired on us.
“But we really tried to put that pressure on in the last five minutes and it was huge goal for us. To be tied going into half or down by a goal is a big difference, so it was a lot of momentum for us.”
Both teams came out of the break eager to score the go-ahead goal. Though the second half was mostly played in the midfield, both clubs had an equal amount of scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“The girls wanted that second goal real bad,” explained Hinchion. “I think we picked up our level of play in the second half. We missed few golden opportunities in the first half, even some in the second half.”
At 22-minute mark of the second half, junior midfielder Stephanie Kowalski notched what would be the game winning goal for the Falcons.
“I just saw the ball there and ran to it,” said Kowalski. “I saw one of teammates slow down, so I decided to take the shot with my right foot. This was a big game for us, we were fighting for every ball. Marblehead was one point behind us coming into the game and we wanted get some separation in the standings.”
“Stephanie was able to make that one count when she got the opportunity,” added Hinchion. “You love to see a kid like her get that goal for us.”
Rodgers had over a dozen saves for the Magicians and was the anchor in net despite the loss, while freshman Sarah Cullen was itching for a goal with two opportunities late in the game.