Extra time heroics from sophomore Amanda Allex lifted Lock Haven’s Lady Eagles (2-2) over visiting St.Thomas Aquinas (1-2) at Hubert Jack Stadium.
Allex was quickest to react to a fierce scramble in the penalty area late in the first period of extra time, by quickly scoring the golden goal winner last Thursday evening.
Lock Haven started promising with early chances that threatened the Spartan’s goal.
A six goal second half blitz from both teams created an intense atmosphere.
St. Thomas Aquinas opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the second half when a loose ball in the penalty area was cleared off the goal line into a defender past Lady Eagle’s goalkeeper Breona Browner, who seconds before came up with a spectacular one on one save to force a corner.
It didn’t take Lock Haven long too react; Madison Taylor, sophomore forward, leapt highest to head home a Sam Biondi corner from close range in the 56th minute.
Eleven minutes later, Lock Haven’s 23, Madeline Fazio raced toward the St. Thomas Aquinas defense, drawing a foul and a dangerous opportunity for a free kick from the edge of the box.
Jamie Hunter, junior from Marietta PA, smashed home the resulting set play into the top left corner of the goal to give the Haven a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining in regulation time.
However, the advantage was short lived; the Spartan’s Artieta Lekaj stepped in at the near post following a corner to tie the game a two goals apiece.
The visitors struck only moments later through Calli Moise when she pounced on a rebound that ricocheted off the Lock Haven wall during a set piece situation.
The match began to heat up with the Lady Eagles searching for an equalizer; freshman Katie Eichman cracked a volley just over the bar toward the end of the match but it was Jamie Hunter, sister of Jenna, who headed home the goal that forced extra time in the 83rd minute.
Several Lock Haven and St. Thomas players received cautions in the fiery match.
Lock Haven’s coach, Doug Moore, rotated many players throughout the game and his late decision to put on Amanda Allex paid off in the end with the Lady Eagles winning a moral boosting victory.
The win was a result from great team effort from Lock Haven.
Moore’s squad returns to action against Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday at 2 p.m.