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Cronan Caps Comeback Win for Lady Scots with Golden Goal

Addy Cronan
Addy Cronan (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant women's soccer team erased a one-goal deficit late in the second half and Addy Cronan capped the comeback with her game-winning score in the first overtime as the Lady Scots defeated Huntingdon, 2-1, on Friday evening at Scotland Yard.

Covenant (7-6-1, 4-2 USA South) has won three straight conference matches. It was the Lady Scots' four overtime match of the year and Covenant is now 2-1-1 in those contests.

Huntingdon (6-5-3, 4-2 USA South) scored early in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Elena Guy's first attempt was saved by Covenant keeper Rachel Lemay, but the ball deflected away from Lemay and Guy got a second touch that she was able to put into the net for the goal in the sixth minute. 

The Lady Scots had lots of looks in the first 45 minutes, but all five shots on target were saved by Huntingdon keeper Kylie Kersh as the visiting Hawks led 1-0 at the break.

That score remained until the 78th minute. Lizzy Hightower took a free kick from just beyond the box and curled her shot into the far corner of the net to even the score at 1-1. The goal was Hightower's second of the season.

Covenant would have opportunities in the attacking third over the final few minutes, but the Huntingdon defense stood tall and preserved the tie into the overtime session.

In the 95th minute, Cronan took possession of the ball inside midfield then beat one defender and the keeper before putting her shot in from 12 yards out to give Covenant the 2-1 victory. The goal was Cronan's team-leading ninth of the season.

Covenant had a 16-6 edge in total shots, and 10-5 in shots on goal. Hightower led all player with five shots attempted. Lemay made four saves on the evening, while Kersh made eight for the Hawks.


Covenant will host LaGrange in the regular season home finale on Saturday at 4 p.m. Senior Day will take place before the match as Covenant's six seniors will be recognized.


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