Sabers’ Clark cashes in on second chance for 7-6 OT win over BG

Staff photo by TOM KING Souhegan's Taylor Clark, center, gets hugged by her teammates after scoring the game winning goal in sudden death overtime, 7-6 over Bishop Guertin on Tuesday at Stellos Stadium.

NASHUA – Maybe it was poetic justice for Souhegan High School’s Taylor Clark.

The junior midfielder had a goal disallowed due to a dangerous follow through in the first half Tuesday against Bishop Guertin. But she didn’t have any such problem off a restart score with 1:04 left in the second sudden death overtime, giving the unbeaten Sabers a 7-6 win over rival Bishop Guertin at Stellos Stadium.

“She works really hard in there,” Sabers coach Maren Petropulos said. “Whether it’s her height or whatever, she gets a lot of calls on her for some reason. Definitely poetic justice for her. … It’s a big win. We’re not off to as quick, or as strong a start as we’d like to be at this point in the season.”

Hard to believe, given the fact the Sabers are now 7-0, but have two starters, Sammy Jay and and Izzy Aiello out with injuries. Meanwhile the Cardinals have lost three straight after starting the year off 4-0. The Sabers got off to a 2-0 start and led 4-1 at the half, so Guertin faced an uphill climb but made it when Katie Lupo (two goals, one assist) tied it at 6 off a feed from Amelia Piercy with 5:42 left.

Guertin had a couple of long possessions in both three minute overtimes, but managed just one shot on Saber goalie Alex LaBrosse (11 saves).

“We had a chance multiple times,” Guertin coach Kerry Gobiel said. “We had more than enough opportunities. We had the shots, they just weren’t going in.”

Souhegan was led by two goals each by Abby Cranney and Brigid Casey, while Abby Hawkes and O’Neill Galinson had a goal each.

After the Cards started the second half with quick goals by Lupo and Abigail Ahearn to close to within 4-3, Souhegan answered with scores by Galinson and Casey for a 6-3 advantage with 19:57 left.

But the Cards answered with three straight – Lindsay Hult (15:23, from Emily Santom) and Santom (from Madison Keating with 12:14 left), and Lupo’s game tying goal.

“We’re a second half team,” Gobiel said. “It’s just getting the offense in a rhythm.”

Petropulos would have liked to have had a bigger cushion.

“Offensively, we need a little bit of work, so that’s what we’ll focus on,” Petropulos said. “Seven goals is a little bit lower than what we would like. But BG came out to play and gave us a good game.”

Cards goalie Grace Young had made a stop in the second overtime on Saber Savannah Behn, but Clark was given two restarts, and the second was the charm.

“I was just thinking (to shoot) as hard and as fast as I could into the back of the net,” Clark said.

And this time, there was no whistle.