Sixty minutes couldn't settle Tuesday's field hockey game between Manchester Valley and Westminster, so the county rivals went at it for another 10.

And maybe a minute more.


Westminster's Emily Dudley finished up a penalty-corner try after time expired in overtime to lift the Owls past the Mavericks 3-2, a win that kept her team unbeaten in Carroll play.

"I know that [coach Katie] Corson had said that if we're tired we need to be honest about it, so we can get fresh legs in there," a tired Dudley said afterward. "But I think the majority of us really just had the heart today and wanted to go out and beat them. ... Really, it came down to determination and heart."

Dudley's game-winner came after the ball crossed through the circle on a pass from junior Chloe Sankovich to sophomore Haleigh Moore. Mavericks goalie Jacie Wood darted out to try and cut off the angle, and she charged after Moore just as the two met at the ball.

Moore, who had three assists Tuesday, was able to get around Wood, who had gone to the ground to make a save, and sent the ball back toward the cage where Dudley was waiting.

Westminster (7-3, 3-0 county) celebrated on the field after coming out on top of a long, back-and-forth contest, while Man Valley (6-3, 2-1) played in its second consecutive overtime game.

The Mavericks hadn't played since Sept. 22, when they edged South Carroll 2-1, but senior midfielder Meghan Harmon gave her team a 1-0 lead less than seven minutes in when she ripped a shot past Owls goalie Lauren Jenne off a penalty-corner attempt. Dudley, a senior forward, tied things up less than seven minutes later, and the score stood at 1-1 at halftime.

Manchester Valley's Meghan Harmon shoots a goal during the first half of the Mavericks' loss to Westminster in Manchester Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
Manchester Valley's Meghan Harmon shoots a goal during the first half of the Mavericks' loss to Westminster in Manchester Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Moore found junior forward Alli Zimmerman near the cage with 20:26 remaining in regulation, and Zimmerman knocked in a goal from close range to put the Owls ahead. But Harmon, who draws defensive attention because of her hard, accurate shot, brought the Mavs even after she sent a back-handed drive into Westminster's cage with 11:04 to go.

The game remained tied, and both teams had chances with the overtime rules that give players more room to run (seven players per side, including goalies).

MV sophomore Cambria Leidy almost gave the Mavs the win with about 4:40 to play in OT when she found room just inside the circle near the arc, but her shot clanged off the side of the cage.

Westminster's ensuring trip down the field saw sophomore forward Veronica Maring lead a charge and send a hard shot toward Wood, but the senior cleared it with a save.

Maring got another chance when the clock struck zero, however. Westminster drew a penalty corner as time ran out in overtime, then nabbed another one before the ball left the circle. Maring inserted the ball from the end line to begin the play that Dudley wound up converting.

(Penalty corners are played out even if time has expired in each half or overtime.)

Only then did the Owls take a deep breath.

"I was trying to change it [up] and give people a break," Corson said. "They would come for, I feel like, 30 seconds, get water. I'd be like, 'OK, are you good to go?' And they're all back in. I was really happy with that."


Wood finished with 12 saves for Manchester Valley, and coach Terry Duryea praised her team for matching Westminster's energy level and stamina.

"I couldn't be prouder of the girls," Duryea said. "Both teams, I think they played a great game. It was a great game to have."

Goals: W-Emily Dudley 2, Alli Zimmerman; MV-Meghan Harmon 2.

Assists: W-Haleigh Moore 3; MV-Rhi Lessner.

Saves: W-5 (Lauren Jenne); MV-12 (Jacie Wood).

Halftime: Tied, 1-1.