Freshman Katherine Goguen erupted with two goals in the final five minutes of action Thursday to help keep Weston's field hockey team undefeated and down Dual County League rival Westford Academy, 2-0.
After Westford (6-4-2) suffered a corner penalty with five minutes left on the clock, Weston’s head coach Laura Galopim called a timeout and encouraged her team to be aggressive and take advantage of their eight on five situation.
"In the timeout I wanted to motivate them because we are trying to stay undefeated," Galopim said. "I took time to settle them down and prepare them for what was our best chance to score."
Following the timeout, senior midfielder Grace McCurdy found Goguen underneath the left post and the freshman forward shot a reverse stick flick to the right-side of the goal post to propel the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead.
One minute later, Weston (11-0-2) recovered the ball and Goguen flicked a strong-side shot to the left goal post off of a rebound from the goalkeeper with 2:03 left in regulation to score her seventh goal of the season.
"Goguen was playing very aggressively, she wanted to be the one to put the ball into the net," Galopim said. "During both of her goals she came out strong and beat out her defender."
Junior Sara Coburn recorded her seventh shutout this season and her fifth in the row. The goalkeeper’s gritty defensive play was an answer to Westford’s offensive surges as she finished with a season-high 12 saves.
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