Massachusetts Maritime Women Drop Season-Opener in Overtime

BUZZARDS BAY — The Massachusetts Maritime women’s soccer team dropped its season-opener in overtime to Becker College, 2-1, Wednesday night at Clean Harbors Stadium.

Massachusetts Maritime's Stephanie Hunt had an assist on the Bucs' sole tally of the day in their season-opening overtime loss to Becker College Wednesday night. MMA Athletics Photo

Massachusetts Maritime’s Stephanie Hunt had an assist on the Bucs’ sole tally of the day in their season-opening overtime loss to Becker College Wednesday night.
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Becker freshman Ciara McKissick (Charlton, MA) netted the golden goal 6:22 into the overtime frame to lead the Hawks in the win. It was the season-opener for both teams in the non-league contest.

McKissick converted feeds from junior Lauren Zaleski (Avon, MA) and sophomore Maria Colon (Wharton, NJ) on the deciding tally for the visiting Hawks (1-0), as her header from the left side was also her first collegiate goal.

Mass. Maritime freshman Madison Taylor (Longmeadow, MA) gave the host Buccaneers (0-1) an early 1-0 advantage in the 31st minute when she converted a pass from sophomore Stephanie Hunt (Brookfield, CT) for her first collegiate goal, but Becker answered back just 1:25 later when sophomore Tenley Gillett (Manchester, NH) forced a turnover and scored from 10 yards out to even matters at the break.  The visitors had five of the six shots in the second half of regulation but were unable to score, setting up McKissick’s heroics in the extra session.

Becker sophomore Rebecca Carkhuff (Amherst, MA) picked up the win in goal with a seven-save effort, while senior Katie Levesque (Wilmot, NH) made eight stops, including a pair of point-blank saves on shots by Buccaneers Gillett and sophomore Stephanie Burnell (Mendon, MA) in the final minute of regulation.  The Hawks outshot the Buccaneers by a 12-10 margin overall, and each squad took five corner kicks for the contest.

Massachusetts Maritime travels to Paxton Saturday afternoon to take on Anna Maria in a non-league match beginning at 1:00 pm, while Becker heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to tangle with Pine Manor in a non-league outing that also begins at 1:00 pm.

— Story provided by Massachusetts Maritime Academy Director of Sports Information Jim Seavey. Edited by Capecod.com Sports Editor Sean Walsh. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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