CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It took until the 80th minute when Lynx junior Karlie Ruben (San Diego, Calif.) broke through for the eventual game-winning goal, leading Lesley University to a 2-0 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday night.
After a frustrating opening 79-minutes where the Lynx were shut out despite out-shooting the Nighthawks 24-0, Lesley finally broke through Rubin buried a shot from just inside the 18-yard box following a feed from sophomoreJordan Mitchell (Sachse, Texas).
That goal would open up an opportunity for an insurance marker just three minutes later when sophomore Samantha Bessey (Algonquin, Ill.) settled a through ball from senior Victoria Ramirez (Redwood City, Calif.) and trickled a shot in past a sliding attempt from sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.).
Lesley would hold momentum early and create multiple opportunities in the first half. The Lynx nearly opened a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play when Bessey connected for a header from six yards out, but her attempt clanged off the crossbar.
Sass would have one of her strongest games of the season, turning away another Lesley scoring chance in the 23rd minute when she gathered up a drive from senior Victoria Ramirez (Redwood City, Calif.) from 12 yards out.
Sass would follow that save with another phenomenal stop when she thwarted away a one-timed attempt from senior Julie Essick (Boerne, Texas). Essick nearly struck again moments later when she ricocheted a shot off the crossbar in the 37th minute. Mitchell gathered the rebound off the bar and fired a shot high to keep the Lynx scoreless heading into halftime.
Sass saved the first 11 shots she faced, finishing the season with a 7-8 record.
Lesley moves on to the semifinals with the win over the Nighthawks. They will prepare to face third-seeded Regis (Mass.) College on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Portions of this release courtesy of Brian Muldoon of Lesley University.