CASTLETON, Vt. – Makenzi Bellando's goal at the 5:40 mark of the first overtime – her second score of the day – led the Castleton University women's soccer team past the visiting Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors – 4-3 – on Saturday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton improves to 5-10-0 overall and 3-3-0 in Little East play while moving into a tie for the fifth spot in the conference standings with nine points. Eastern Connecticut falls to 8-5-0 and 4-1-1 in league action.
Receiving a long pass from the center of the field – in the game's 96th minute – Bronwen Hopwood took it to the near sideline, running neck-and-neck with the Warrior defender. Turning in toward the field, Hopwood ran along the 20-yard line before sending the ball into a cutting Bellando. The receiver stopped the ball, placing it on her foot and sent it past the diving keeper on the left for the golden goal.
Earlier in the contest with the Spartans trailing 2-0, Bellando notched her sixth goal of the year. Rylee Nichols corralled the ball off of a throw-in that was headed for a loose ball. She proceeded to send the ball to Bellando who ran with it and shot it in on the left.
Tying up the game for the first time, Callie Miltenberger scored her first collegiate goal, capitalizing on a missed ball by the East Conn goalie. The Warriors keeper was unable to catch the cross from the side and the Spartan defender poked the ball enough for it to trickle in.
Following an Eastern Connecticut goal, which gave the Warriors the lead back, Hopwood notched the second equalizer of the day to make it 3-3. Sending the ball in from about 30 yards out, Stephanie Burkhammer found an open and in-stride Hopwood. The senior turned, gave a quick hesitation and scored on the keeper's left.
In goal, Loren Henderson was stellar after allowing two early scores. She hunkered down and made eight saves during the course of 95-plus minutes of action to improve to 5-10.
Women's soccer returns to action for its Senior Day game at 1 p.m. on Sunday as it hosts the University of Maine-Farmington in nonconference action.
@CastletonSports | IG: castletonsports | FB: Castleton University Athletics