AMHERST, Mass. - Behind two goals from freshman Holly Wiles (Harare, Zimbabwe), the Boston University field hockey team earned a thrilling 2-1 overtime road victory against Massachusetts on Tuesday evening at Garber Field. The come-from-behind win was the Terriers' first overtime triumph in three tries this season, improving their record to 4-3 on the year in the process.
Wiles scored her second goal of the evening in the sixth minute of overtime on a penalty corner. Senior tri-captain Colleen McClay was credited with an assist on the play, as she collected the initial push and set up a good look for the freshman, who drilled the ball into the left corner of the cage.
"We've put Holly in a scoring position on corners," said head coach Sally Starr. "She's been working on her accuracy and she came through tonight."
After a scoreless first half, UMass got on the board in the 39th minute of play when Nicole Phelan sent home a pass from Katelyn Orlando. BU controlled the contest from that point on, however, causing turnovers in the UMass zone and turning them into good looks at the cage and multiple short-corner opportunities.
BU got on the board when Wiles notched the equalizer on an assist from sophomore Sarah Hudak less than eight minutes after the Minutewomen first and only strike. The goal came on a broken corner, as Hudak collected the loose ball and calmly passed it off to an open Wiles, who snuck it past UMass goalkeeper Becky Letourneau to make it a 1-1 affair.
"The goal by UMass was definitely a wake-up call for us," said Starr. "After throwing the ball away in the circle throughout the first half, we played with a competitive fire after halftime and our energy got us back into the game."
The Terriers nearly won the contest in regulation, but a shot by sophomore Hayley Hamada in the 63rd minute rattled the post.
BU, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Northeastern in its last outing, dominated play after regulation and scored the game winner on its second corner of overtime.
The Terriers recorded eight of the contest's final nine shots and outshot the Minutewomen by a 17-11 margin. BU earned six penalty corners compared to five by UMass.
The visiting Terriers were accurate off their sticks, as Letourneau was forced to make 11 stops and her teammates combined to record two defensive saves. Junior goalkeeper Erin Prediger made three saves for BU.
"Our press in the attacking zone was aggressive and effective in the second half," said Starr. "It created a lot of scoring opportunities."
BU, winner of four of its last five matches, will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 24, when it faces Fairfield in a neutral-site contest at Dartmouth beginning at 2 p.m.