Late Rally Brings End to Winning Streak by Gophers

Late Rally Brings End to Winning Streak by Gophers

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Goucher's seven-game winning streak came to an end today when Elizabethtown overcame a 1-0 deficit to score three times in the final 11 minutes to earn a 3-1 Landmark Conference victory over head coach Megan Williams' Gophers.

While the home team was unable to score on any of the nine shots it got off in the first half, Goucher went up 1-0 just 1:13 into the second period when Annie Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) notched her fifth goal of the season. The goal was set up by Jackie Juarez (Glendora, Calif./Glendora), who found Carter with a pass right in front of the goal.

The score didn't change again until, with 10:55 remaining in regulation, Elizabethtown pulled into a 1-1 tie thanks to a goal by Jacki Hikes, assisted by Emma Christman.

The Blue Jays (5-4, 2-0 Landmark) went ahead on an unassisted goal by Christman with 4:09 left to play and then tacked on an insurance goal by Allison McLamb with 1:55 showing on the clock.

Elizabethtown's third goal was scored into an empty net as Williams had pulled her starting goalie, Demie Huffman (Granville, Ohio/Granville), in favor of an additional field player. Huffman finished with eight saves.

Huffman's counterpart in goal, Margo Donlin, made her only save of the contest when she stopped a shot by Goucher's Maya Belin (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory School) with the scored tied at 1-1.

"This was the toughest and certainly most physical game we've been involved in this season and I'm extremely proud of the way that everyone on the team responded," Williams commented following the game. "Our defense cam together and we took advantage of the opportunities we had. Great total team effort and gets us excited to move deeper into conference play."

Before the Gophers (7-2, 1-1 Landmark Conference) play their next Landmark Conference game a week from today against Scranton, they will make up a game against Bryn Mawr that was postponed back on Sept. 1. They will face the Owls on the road Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.