Gauthier PK gives MAU win on Senior Night

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony senior Kaidin Gauthier laid on the ground after an awkward tackle with 17 minutes left in the first half and had to be helped off the field with an apparent ankle injury. She remained on the sideline, with MAU coach Mark Boudreau leaving her with a tough choice — if you come back in and you aren't looking healthy, you're coming out of the game.

At halftime, Gauthier came back in and assisted on a pair of MAU goals in the second half, looking as healthy as ever.

The move to play Gauthier paid off for Boudreau and the Patriots as she scored on a penalty kick 25 seconds into overtime to propel Mount Anthony to a 4-3 victory over Rutland on Thursday night at Spinelli Field.

"it was one of those things," Boudreau said. "She's a tough kid and she lies, like every kid when they are hurt. "It's hard to make that decision, it could have easily been a poor decision on my part. She knew she couldn't show it, but she didn't give me a reason not to play her. It's a great way for her to end her senior night. If anyone deserves it, she did."

"It was a hard decision, I didn't want to let the team down if I did get re-hurt," Gauthier said.

Tied at 3-3 early in overtime, MAU freshman Antonia Pellon was fouled at the edge of the 18-yard box. The official on the near side immediately blew his whistle to signal for the penalty kick.

"I looked at Mark and said I have to get this for the team and myself," Gauthier said. "It's senior night and I didn't want to end it in a loss. I cleared my mind, I practice PK's with Mark all the time because they make me nervous, but the look on my teammates' faces said it all."

Tied at 1-1 at halftime, Mount Anthony took the lead seven minutes into the second half. On a counterattack, Gauthier went down the middle of the field and found Emma Arlotta, who took a touch to beat her defender and rocket a shot near post for the lead.

Eight minutes later, Rutland re-tied it, when Meghan Hamilton lifted a beautiful floater toward the net and over the outstretched hands of MAU goalie Maddy Breese.

With nine minutes left and overtime looming, Rutland got the advantage. After a questionable foul call, Logan Kinsman hit a long free kick that bounced, hit off the goalie and into the net.

But the Rutland lead was short-lived when a minute later, a MAU player was fouled deep in the offensive zone. On the subsquent free kick, the ball found Cat Worthington, who put it past Rutland keeper Elise Magro to tie the match at 3-3 with eight minutes to go in regulation.

"We had an awesome comeback from the last couple games, to come back like this was awesome. I can't say enough about this team," Gauthier said.

MAU had a couple of chances to win in regulation, but shots by Pellon were saved by Magro.

"I didn't think there was a momentum shift," Boudreau said of the Rutland score. "You hate to give up that goal, but the girls came back after the goal and we were in the offensive third within seconds. The lead changed, but the momentum didn't shift."

Breese had five saves for MAU, while Magro ended up with 11 stops.

Arlotta gave MAU a 1-0 lead nine minutes in when she tipped the ball past Magro on a scramble, but then Kinsman tied it for Rutland with 12:49 left in the half on a penalty kick after MAU was called for a handball in the penalty area.

"It's really a blessing to have played with these girls, I don't know if we would have come through without the teamwork we have, I felt it, I have to score, it's about time, I'm a senior," Arlotta said.

MAU is 6-5 and have a pair of games left in the regular season against Brattleboro and Fair Haven.

"We came into this game, we said that we have the potential to finish the season at 8-5 and get in the playoffs in a good spot, but we also have the potential to end up 5-8 and have to face CVU in the first round, it's the decision they have. If they want it enough, they can take it."


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