No. 3 Limestone rallies past No. 10 Pfeiffer, earns share of conference title
MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Trailing by five with 15:07 to play, No. 3 Limestone (13-0, 5-0 CC) scored seven consecutive goals to down No. 10 Pfeiffer (11-3, 5-1) to claim at least a share of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship on Saturday.
It is the Saints 10th consecutive title and they can clinch it outright with a win on Sunday against Converse. With the win, Limestone will now host the 2014 Conference Carolinas Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
Katie Farrell drilled home five goals and added an assist , four groundballs, three draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers to pace the effort for Limestone. Sarah Oor joined her as she scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists to go with her four groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Jaylen Schulte notched a pair of scores, tying her career-high, and Kacie Harris added a single score. Samantha Cock forced three turnovers with her three groundballs and Maia Czarnecki finished with six groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.
Sydney Teeter played all 60 minutes in goal, allowing 10 goals and making six saves, three in each half, to improve to a perfect 13-0 on the season.
It would be a back-and-forth affair throughout the first half as the teams tied four times and battled through four lead changes to deadlock at 5-5 with 2:04 left. That tie came off of consecutive scores by the Saints before Pfeiffer's Ashleigh Kassab connected on a free-position attempt with 28 seconds to go to give them a 6-5 lead at the break.
That would be the first of five straight goals for the Falcons as they took a 10-5 lead with 15:07 to play. During that run Kristi Korn notched a pair of goals and Kassab assisted on the final one. And that goal would be their final one -- for the game -- as the Limestone offense finally awakened.
Farrell drilled home her third goal of the game at the 14:48 mark to get the ball rolling and Oor followed with back-to-back scores, the second assisted by Farrell, to close to within two goals with 9:07 remaining. That deficit would disappear in the next two and a half minutes as Schulte and Farrell notched consecutive scores to knot it at 10-10.
The latter came as the Falcons served out a yellow card, giving the Saints a man advantage, and would set the stage for Schulte and Farrell to do it again. With 3:54 on the clock, Schulte connected for her second and Farrell put it away with her fifth of the game with 13 seconds to play, capping seven straight goals to end the game.
Korn scored a team-high four goals and added five groundballs to lead Pfeiffer while Kassab finished with two goals, a pair of assists, four groundballs and five draw controls. Gracie Herbert added a pair of assists and Sarah Daly had a goal and an assist. Cassidy Wilson played 53:22 in goal, allowing 10 goals and making five saves before being relieved by Rachel McCarthy. The latter surrendered the final two goals and did not record a save to fall to 6-1 on the year.