Johnston's overtime goal gives field hockey 2-1 win in top-five showdown at TCNJ

Johnston's overtime goal gives field hockey 2-1 win in top-five showdown at TCNJ

EWING, N.J. – In a battle of two of the top teams in the nation, the No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team picked up a 2-1 overtime victory on Saturday evening at No. 3 The College New Jersey.

The Sea Gulls (6-1) have scored first in every game this season, and it appeared that the first goal on Saturday would be the decisive blow as the game remained scoreless until late in regulation.

Salisbury was able to convert on its final of 13 penalty corners in regulation when Emma Vicchio scored off of Arielle Johnston's assist with just 2:54 showing on the clock in the second half.

The Lions (4-2) were able to answer. TCNJ attempted just 11 shots in the game, but two came in the closing two minutes, including a tally from Sidney Padilla off an assist from Cayla Andrews with less than 90 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.

Salisbury held the statistical edge through regulation, attempting 20 shots in the first 70 minutes of play, nearly doubling the shot total from the Lions – 11 tries – while attempting 13 penalty corners to TCNJ's six chances.

The Sea Gulls controlled the two minutes of overtime, earning a penalty corner in the first 45 seconds of play, but it took 2:03 for Salisbury to get the game winner. Senior Natalie Wilkinson attempted a shot which was blocked and Johnston was there to collect the ball and put home the game winner – her second goal of the year.

Salisbury remains on the road for its next game at No. 17 Christopher Newport next Saturday, September 30. That game will begin 12 p.m.

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