LEICESTER, Mass. – In a match of few chances, it was a senior Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn.) that emerged as the hero on Senior Day scoring a 98th minute, overtime goal, as the Becker Hawks handed the Elms Blazers their first loss in the conference this season via a 1-0 win at Alumni Field in New England Collegiate Conference play.
October 26, 2019
Score: Becker 1 – Elms 0
Records: The Becker College Hawks 11-6-2 (5-2 NECC) | The Elms College Blazers 9-7-2 (4-1-1 NECC)
Prior to the match, the Hawks honored Teixeira and senior Meghan Ballentine (Gardner, Mass.) for their contributions to the Becker Women's Soccer Program.
The play originated from the Becker defensive third after a foul on the Blazers. The restart would find junior Chelsea Sedar (Bridgewater, Mass.) on the right wing of the offensive third.
Sedar centered a cross that bounced over the Blazers backline and sent sophomore Kristen Beidleman (Holliston, Mass.) in with a breakaway on goal.
Beidleman's shot was stopped by Blazers senior goalie Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn.), who came off her line to cut down the angle.
The rebound careened to the feet of Teixeira, who settled the ball and scored her 18th goal of the season before Molin could recover into her goal.
The overtime goal is Teixeira's second game-winning goal in extra time this season and sixth of the season overall.
Chances for both teams came at a premium, but the Blazers owned the best opportunity in the middle of the second half with junior Cristina Rojas (Holyoke, Mass.) nearly breaking the draw in the 72nd minute.
A loose ball bounced favorably for Rojas at the top-right corner of the six-yard box. After turning toward goal, Rojas fired off a right-footed shot that hit the outside top corner of the net, denying the Blazers and keeping the match scoreless.
A benign first half offensively for both teams emerged just one chance early in the half. Blazers sophomore Sydney Goodwin (Lawrence, Mass.) lined up a free kick in the fifth minute from 25 yards away, just offset to the right of the Hawks goal.
Goodwin's attempt at goal worked through a maze of bodies, nearly being flicked toward goal, but the free kick passed just wide of the left post of the Hawks net.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Teixeira leads the Hawks with 18 goals and 42 points this season, building on her career-highs this season.
- Beidleman picks up the assist on the game-winning tally, her team-leading seventh of the year.
- Freshman Olivia Sherwood (Southington, Conn.) made six saves on the afternoon, claiming the win to move to 7-5-2 this year.
- Sherwood holds a goals against average of 0.80 with an .810 save percentage against NECC opponents this year.
FOR THE BLAZERS
- Goodwin and Rojas both led the Blazers with three total shots each.
- Molin made five saves on the afternoon but takes the loss for Elms, falling to 9-6-2 this year.
The Hawks have finished up NECC play with today's match and will await Wednesday results for their playoff seeding in the 2019 Women's Soccer Postseason. Becker welcomes UMaine at Fort Kent on Wednesday for a non-conference match at 4:00 p.m. Elms finishes off their NECC slate with a Wednesday match at Bay Path at 7:00 p.m.