LEICESTER, Mass. – Hawks senior Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn.) showed up at the biggest moment, scoring a game-winning, 107th minute goal, as the Becker Hawks took down the Thomas Terriers in double overtime with a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The goal started with Hawks junior Emma Schoenbeck (Gorham, N.H.) forcing a turnover in the Thomas defensive third. Following the change of possession, the ball found Teixeira, who had a strike from 30 yards from goal, hitting the top-right corner of the net, sealing the 3-2 victory.
It's Teixeira's sixth goal of the season, eclipsing her goal total from last year. Schoenbeck's assist is the first of her season and first as a member of the Hawks.
Thomas forced overtime in the 85th minute on a perfectly executed corner kick by sophomore Katherine Hoving (Bristol, Maine)
Hoving crossed the ball into a dangerous area, six yards from goal. Terriers sophomore Katriana Pratt (Poland, Maine) struck the ball toward goal, giving Becker's keeper, sophomore Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins (Elmira, N.Y.), no chance at a save, tying the game at 2-2.
The goal marked the first of the season for Pratt, who forced overtime for the Terriers for a second-straight match.
Hawks junior Shannon Kelley (Bellingham, Mass.) thought she had the game-winning goal, breaking the 1-1 tie in the 70th minute with her third goal of the season.
The goal was set up by Hawks junior Arianna Calouro (East Providence, R.I.) thanks to a shot from 20 yards away. Calouro's attempt generated a rebound that couldn't be handled by Terriers freshman goalie Lauren Bartlett (Wells, Maine).
The rebound fell in front of a wide-open goal with Kelley crashing the net and scoring to give the Hawks the 2-1 edge.
Hawks sophomore Kristen Beidleman (Holliston, Mass.) started the game scoring in the sixth minute with the first goal of her career.
A failed clearance by the Terriers defense eventually bounced to the feet of Beidleman at the top left corner of the penalty area.
Beidleman quickly settled and curled a right-footed shot into the far side netting to break the ice and take a 1-0 lead.
Becker controlled the game for much of the opening half, but Thomas came out with a different game plan in the second and swung the momentum to tie the game at 1-1.
From the midfield area, Terriers senior Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H.) slid a perfectly weighted through ball between the Hawks backline to Hoving who broke in alone.
Hoving faked out Cobb-Wilkins at the top of the box, leaving an empty frame to shoot. Hoving made no mistake, netting her first of the season to tie the game.
Cobb-Wilkins came into the match at the beginning of the second half, making four saves in just over 61 minutes of play. She gets credit for the win to move to 2-1. Bartlett played all 106 minutes for Thomas, making seven saves, but falls to 0-1 with the loss.
The Hawks are now off to a 3-1 start, their best start since 2016. Meanwhile, the Terriers fall to 0-3 this season, including a pair of overtime losses.
Becker is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Framingham State for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. The Terriers are on a quick turnaround, playing tomorrow afternoon at Elms with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.