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The Concord Carlisle Patriots (2-3-1) battled the Reading Rockets (2-1) for most of 60 minutes on Wednesday. Ultimately however, it was Reading’s three quick goals in the final 46 seconds before half that made the difference as the Rockets went on to win the game 12-10.
Reading commanded much of the first half dominating draw controls and ground balls, taking an early 3-0 lead. The Patriots responded with a goal by sophomore Attack Lexi Goodhue assisted by junior Midfielder Allie Barrett. The hard driving Rockets charged back with two successive tallies and a 5-1 lead.
Patriot senior Midfielder Kate Wyeth and junior Attack Becca Olsen each responded with goals before Reading returned the volley. CC’s Barrett added two tallies of her own bringing the Patriots within a goal at 6-5.
Just as it appeared the Patriots had found their stride, the Rockets ignited going on a 3 goal, 46 second scoring binge resulting from a strong crease roll, a free position shot, and an unattended cutter who found the back of the net. Reading stretched their lead going into the half 9-5.
The Rockets began their second half much as they ended the first with multiple draw controls, quickly working the ball around the eight and eventually finding the back of the CC net.
But just as it appeared the game was getting out of reach for CC, the Patriots defense stiffened as Kate Wyeth, Halle Burns and Johanna O’Neil all caused key Reading turnovers. The Patriot offense got rolling and found their game with consecutive goals by Wyeth (3 goals, 1 assist), Goodhue (2 goals), Barrett (2 goals, 1 assist ), Dudley (1 goal) and Hale (1 goal).
With four minutes remaining, the Patriots had taken the momentum and cut the lead back to within one, 11-10. CC fought tenaciously to tie the game during the final minutes and had 5 distinct scoring opportunities but were unable to finish due mostly to solid saves by the Rockets goalie.