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Hopkinton girls’ soccer team upsets Bow with OT kick

  • Hopkinton's Lily Scammon and  Bow's Byrie Forey both try to head the ball during the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. Hopkinton defeated Bow 1-0 in overtime. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Lily Scammon and Bow's Byrie Forey both try to head the ball during the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. Hopkinton defeated Bow 1-0 in overtime.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Bow's Janna Corsetti reacts after Hopkinton scored a goal during overtime in the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. In 18 games this season, Corsetti has only allowed three goals, this game's deciding one included. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Janna Corsetti reacts after Hopkinton scored a goal during overtime in the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. In 18 games this season, Corsetti has only allowed three goals, this game's deciding one included.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Abby Lui (2) hugs her teammate Elizabeth Hancock (10) after she scored the winning goal in overtime during the division 3 girls soccer championship against Bow at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Abby Lui (2) hugs her teammate Elizabeth Hancock (10) after she scored the winning goal in overtime during the division 3 girls soccer championship against Bow at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Lindsey Vonn, of the US, checks her skis during a course inspection on the glacier of Soelden, in Austria, Friday, Oct .26, 2012. The Alpine Ski World Cup goes underway Saturday, Oct. 27, in Austria with the women's World Cup Giant Slalom. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Lindsey Vonn, of the US, checks her skis during a course inspection on the glacier of Soelden, in Austria, Friday, Oct .26, 2012. The Alpine Ski World Cup goes underway Saturday, Oct. 27, in Austria with the women's World Cup Giant Slalom. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Lily Scammon and  Bow's Byrie Forey both try to head the ball during the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. Hopkinton defeated Bow 1-0 in overtime. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Janna Corsetti reacts after Hopkinton scored a goal during overtime in the division 3 girls soccer championship at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. In 18 games this season, Corsetti has only allowed three goals, this game's deciding one included. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton's Abby Lui (2) hugs her teammate Elizabeth Hancock (10) after she scored the winning goal in overtime during the division 3 girls soccer championship against Bow at Southern New Hampshire University on November 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Lindsey Vonn, of the US, checks her skis during a course inspection on the glacier of Soelden, in Austria, Friday, Oct .26, 2012. The Alpine Ski World Cup goes underway Saturday, Oct. 27, in Austria with the women's World Cup Giant Slalom. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

MANCHESTER – Elizabeth Hancock didn’t have time to aim or even look at the net. All she did was shoot, and that was enough.

With 13 minutes gone in the first overtime of yesterday’s Division III girls’ soccer championship, Hancock found a bit of space at the top of the 18-yard box, turned and shot. The ball was right at Bow keeper Janna Corsetti, but it had enough pace and height to bounce of Corsetti’s fingertips and into the goal to deliver a 1-0 victory and a state title to the Hawks.

“Our coach just told us to take as many shots as we could,” Hancock said. “I just took a shot. I didn’t even know where it was going to go.”

The goal finished the game and a fantastic run for No. 7 Hopkinton
(14-6). The Hawks took down No. 2 Belmont, 2-1, in overtime in the quarterfinals; they scored with seven minutes left to claim a 1-0 win against No. 3 Campbell in the semifinals; and they capped the string of upsets by pinning the first loss of the season on
No. 1 Bow (18-1-1), the defending champion.

“Pretty crazy,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said. “Hopefully I’ll start sleeping from here on out.”

“We definitely peaked at the right time,” said Hopkinton junior Sabrey Montore, who was at the heart of a defense that posted shutouts in the last, and biggest, two games of the year.

For Bow, it was an unfortunate repeat of the 2010 championship game, which it also lost on an overtime goal, that one coming from Campbell in a 2-1 game. Maybe that experience helped the Falcons deal with yesterday’s loss, because they handled the defeat gracefully.

“They’re very upset, but they’re a great group of girls. They know that they had a tremendous season, no matter the results of this game,” Bow Coach Jay Vogt said. “We played 20 games this year and gave up just three goals, and no one else is close to anything like that. So I’ve got to give them credit, it’s just not a good ending.”

It was, of course, a great ending for the Hawks, who last won a girls’ soccer title in 2004. But it was not an ending they necessarily expected when the season began.

“At the beginning of the season we just thought that we were going to go through this season like last year, and maybe go a little way in the playoffs,” Montore said. “But we didn’t expect this. We didn’t expect to go all the way.”

They did, however, know what to expect from Bow after losing to them twice during the regular season – 2-0 on Aug. 28 and 2-0 again on Oct. 5.

“I think for both teams being able to see each other during the regular season was kind of a positive,” Izzi said. “For us, we know how they play. The girls know most of the (Bow) girls by name, so for the most part it was just a matter of recognizing their game and playing against it.”

The game felt like one between two teams that know each other’s strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. Possession was fairly even, neither team dominated for long stretches, and most of the action happened in midfield. Led by Brooke Fortin, Sarah Carlson and Lindsey Reynolds, Bow did own a 3-0 advantage in shots in the first half, but Hopkinton kept things scoreless thanks to keeper Kelsey Smith (three saves) and the defense from Montore, Caroline Sweny, Abby Lui and Tess Masci.

“We were just trying to keep it up the sideline and away from the middle,” Montore said of the defensive game plan.

“I wanted my defense to buy us some time to score and I think they did that,” Izzi said. “There were opportunities for both teams, but the goal was to hold them off until we could get one in the net.”

After being held without a shot in the first half, the Hawks did create chances after halftime and actually outshot Bow, 7-6, in the second half. Hopkinton’s most dangerous bid came in the 57th minute when Courtney Benson, the team’s leading scorer, had a direct kick from 23 yards out and sailed it just over the crossbar.

The Falcons buzzed around the Hopkinton end in the final 10 minutes of regulation, and even though they couldn’t find a goal, they brought some of that momentum into overtime.

“We felt good going into overtime. We thought we were playing well, we thought we were doing some good things,” Vogt said. “We created chances, we just couldn’t find the net.”

Bow kept creating chances in the first five minutes of overtime, but the shots the Falcons found either wound up wide or in the arms of Smith. But after those first five minutes, the Hawks pushed back. They got a shot from Montore with 14 minutes left in regulation, and then another shot from Kelly Scammon just moments before Hancock found the game winner.

“I couldn’t believe it when it went in,” Montore said of Hancock’s goal. “I thought the goalie was going to stop it, or something was going to happen, but it just went right in and that was it.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

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