A late goal gave St. Mary’s women a big win over Newman as they managed a 2-1 win at Wilkins Field on Thursday night. After conceding in the first half the Rattlers fought back and managed the win, getting their fifth conference win of the season.
Newman started the match well, controlling the early possession with Caitlin Davis looking like the main outlet for the Jets. But Davis’ shooting was poor, often missing the target which kept things scoreless through the opening minutes.
After a decent passage from St. Mary’s the Jets got back control of the match and they opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Rosa Urista-Chico sent in a driven cross from the right hand side finding Megan Foster who shot it in to the bottom right hand corner.
St. Mary’s was forced to fight back and after 11 minutes the Rattlers were able to hit the equalizer. Again the goal came from a wing, this time coming from a sublime chip as Leah Whittaker made space and chipped it over the keeper, which was enough to make it 1-1 at the half.
The Jets started the second half well having the bulk of the early chances in the half, but they could not get past Erin Longford. The Rattlers keeper was doing well in goal and keeping the match level as the two sides could not break through.
When the match seemed headed to extra time, the Rattlers broke through to seal the win in the final minute of the match. After Kaitlyn Judge saw her effort saved, the rebound fell to Alexia Maldonado who easily scored the tap-in to get the 2-1 win.