Niskayuna back Talia Salenger (24) knocks the ball away from a Shenendehowa player during the first half of an Oct. 21 Suburban Council game.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued "You go into overtime, and it's still very tense," said Broomhead. "But I know my team is very good in seven vs. seven because we are well conditioned."
Nealon made a couple of saves in overtime, but there was little that she could do on Wells' game-winning shot with 3:04 left in the first of two potential 10-minute extra periods. Nealon was partially screened by a pair of players -- one Shen defender, and one Niskayuna forward. That allowed Wells to strike the ball between Nealon's legs for the final goal.
"I just thought I needed to hit it as hard as I can, and hopefully it goes where I want it to go," said Wells.
"She has a very good drive, and she has a very accurate shot," said Broomhead. "She's scored a couple of times off of it [this season]."
Shen was in line to win the game after Hope Andrascik scored off a penalty corner with 9:23 left in the second half. Nealon made several saves following Andrascik's goal to keep the Plainswomen in the lead until Down prevailed through the final scrum of regulation.
"She had some very good saves -- great agility [and] fast feet," Broomhead said of Nealon.
"I thought they [Niskayuna] dominated in the first half, but once we got used to the turf here, we played a lot better in the second half," said Frevola.
Niskayuna will enter the Section II Class A playoffs as the No. 1 seed following its first-place finish in the Suburban Council, while defending Sectional champion Shen hopes to be in a position to deny the Silver Warriors the crown it holds.
"Hopefully, we'll get another shot at them in a couple of weeks," said Frevola.