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Latona's Two Goals Not Enough As Owls Fall To Blazers in OT, 3-2

Cheryl Latona (file photo)
Cheryl Latona (file photo)

CHICOPEE, Mass.  – Westfield State sophomore forward Cheryl Latona (Granby, Conn.) scored two goals against Elms on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough as the Blazers defeated the Owls field hockey team 3-2 in overtime.

The game was back and forth, including three different lead changes in the contest.

Elms got the scoring started thirteen minutes in when Olivia Keane knocked her own rebound out of the air and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Elms lead.

But the Owls would storm right back only three minutes later when Cheryl Latona knotched her fourth goal of the season. Shortly after the tying goal, Latona knocked in a rebound for her second tally of the contest and gave the Owls a 2-1 lead.

Elms however would strike only five minutes later when Brittany North posted herself on the doorstep of the Westfield goal and tipped in a pass from Madison Gabel to tie the game up once more. And then right before the end of the half, Emilie Huber scored her first of the season to give Elms the lead 3-2.

But Westfield wasn't finished yet, as freshman Mariah Colbert (GLoucester, Mass.) tapped in the loose ball in the crease for the first goal of her collegiate career, and boy was it in a big moment.

At the end of regulation, Elms outshot the Owls 13-11 while the Owls held the advantage in penalty corners 15-11.

But the even score would be broken up with only one shot in overtime, a screaming shot from Gabel from what seemed like a mile away that found its way through traffic and into the net to spark the Blazers win.

Gabel ended up with 4 points on the night, including that overtime winner, tallying a goal and two assists in the victory.

The loss drops Westfield to 4-8, while Elms improves to 3-7.

The Owls will next play at Fitchburg State on Thursday, October 10.