Aileen Carey scored on an 8-meter shot with 1:41 left in the first overtime as Sacred Heart edged Florida’s Vero Beach, 15-14, last night.
Becky Conto had forced overtime, scoring off a pass from Chrissy Corcoran, with two seconds left in regulation for Sacred Heart (6-0).
Vero Beach (14-2) was ranked 10th in the country by ESPN Rise and its only prior loss was to top-ranked McDonogh (Md.). Sacred Heart had entered the game ranked 19th and likley propelled themselves a few spots.
Carey’s winner was her fourth goal of the game. Meghan Breen added three goals, Maggie Comiskey and Erin Pfail each had two goals and an assist, and Nina Corcoran had a goal and four assists. Emma Salter made 13 saves and Kerriann Moran, Meghan Ginty and Annie Westlake anchored the Spartans defense.
Sacred Heart had beaten Lake Brantley, 16-7, on Tuesday in its first of three games against Florida’s top teams. They’ll conclude the road trip on Thursday night, taking on Bishop Moore in Orlando.