Merrimack Valley 3, Oyster River 2, OT
Key players: Merrimack Valley – Reilly Swislosky (G), Taylor Bailey (G), Caitlyn Fortier (G) all had 1 goal. Abby Forbes and Lauren McLaughlin played well in the midfield.
Highlights: Oyster River took a 2-0 lead late in the first half, but MV made it 2-1 just 3:33 before halftime when Fortier tipped in a shot from Swislosky, who scored herself on a long range shot to make it 2-2. The Pride controlled the second half, but couldn’t find the wining goal in regulation. Swislosky created the goal in OT when she pulled by a defender and took a shot from the middle that Bailey tipped into the net.
Coach’s quote: “We were able to dig ourselves out of another hole tonight after going down 2-0. I was pleased with how we controlled the second half and really put a lot of pressure on their defense. Reilly was able to create a lot of offensive opportunities, not only for herself, but for other people as well. The girls are ready to bring this momentum into the first round of the tournament. ” – Merrimack Valley’s Jen Colgan
Records: Merrimack Valley 9-5; Oyster River 5-9