For the host Groton Zebras, a goal from visiting BB&N in the closing minutes of Saturday's field hockey contest was nearly demoralizing.
With four and a half minutes left, the Knights broke what seemed like an eternally scoreless tie when Meghan O'Donnell rocketed a shot past Groton goalie Kaly Spilhans to give BB&N the 1-0 lead.
"It was just a beautiful shot," said Groton coach Martha Gracey. "It was high and just inside the left post, from about 16 yards out. I think it would've been really easy for the girls to just give up at that point."
But they didn't.
Just two minutes later, junior Talia Simon tied the game for the Zebras, scoring from about six yards out, and the two teams battled through a scoreless overtime to finish with a goal each.
Gracey said Groton played well for most of the game, controlling possession with 16 penalty corners and limiting BB&N to just a few shots on goal.
"This is a real big improvement," said Gracey about her team that is now 2-4-3 on the year.
In Gracey's first year as Groton coach in 2007, the Zebras didn't win a single game, she said. But since then Groton has steadily improved.
The Zebras dropped both of its previous matches against BB&N in the last two years, Gracey said. She thinks the tie will serve as a confidence boost for her team.
"We're the smallest school in the ISL [Independent School League]," said Gracey. "So any victory, any tie we can get, we feel good when we can do that."
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