MANCHESTER -- When the matchup between inter-county rivals Mount Anthony Union High School and Burr and Burton Academy went to overtime tied at 2-2, it looked as though the game would end that way.
Using her tenacity and fighting spirit, BBA's Jordan Harmon refused to let that happen.
After narrowly missing two shots in overtime in the bottom left hand corner, the third time was the charm for the junior forward -- who buried a shot in the 94th minute to propel the Bulldogs to the 3-2 victory.
"It especially felt good [because] played them a week or two ago [a 3-1 MAU win] and it wasn't as close as I wanted. It felt good to get the last goal -- either team could have won," said Harmon, whose Bulldogs improve to 3-2.
With the temperature dropping and time running out, Harmon made runs toward the Mount Anthony (4-1) goal twice, narrowly missing the mark with the first shot and forcing the Patriots goalie to make a sprawling save with the other.
Minutes later, Harmon made a third run, this time curling it into the bottom of the net and setting off a green and gold celebration.
"I really can't remember what happened but I was angry," Harmon said. "I got the ball and I said I'm going to score. The goalie was closer on the first two, so I was determined to put it in. Third time's a charm, I guess."
It took a yeoman's effort by the Patriots in the second half just to get to overtime. Trailing 2-0 at intermission, Mount Anthony hit paydirt with 35 minutes remaining when Keira Goodell cut the deficit in half. Goodell fired a shot toward the goal that a Burr and Burton Academy player deflected into her own net to make it a new ballgame.
Then, with the Patriots pushing to find the equalizer, Emily Hunt blasted a shot into the bottom corner with 13 minutes left to tie the match at 2-2.
"We turned around a garbage first half and never gave up," said Mount Anthony coach Mark Boudreau. "It was all heart from there, but it just turned out on the short end."
BBA coach Dan DeForest said a 2-0 lead is nice to have, but it's unsafe because the opponent remains motivated.
"In the first half, we passed [the ball] well," DeForest said. "We had more kick and run in the second half, and that suits MAU with their fast wings."
As the game progressed, both teams lost key players to injury. For MAU, Kate Goodell injured her ankle halfway through the second half while Maggie Oliver and Maggie Penkoff each came out for injuries.
"The quality of play didn't change, which speaks for the depth of our team. We're fortunate to have kids who can step up," Boudreau said.
BBA took charge in the first 40 minutes, as Tess Pollard opened the scoring from an assist by Daisy Sullivan at the 31:23 mark, then made it 2-0 four minutes later with a perfectly placed shot by Megan Grabher.
The Patriots came back to force overtime, but the Bulldogs survived on Harmon's score.
"What I liked is that she went to the goal, generated the opening for herself to get the opportunity with a nice powerful move and a composed finish. She really took charge right then," DeForest said. "When you beat MAU, you've done something, that's a good side."