NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Grace Kelly scored twice, including the game-winner 1:30 into the second overtime, to lift New Providence to a dramatic 2-1 decision over Dayton on Saturday afternoon at Lieder Field in New Providence.
The Lady Pioneers have now won three straight games and four of its last five in improving to 4-1-1. Dayton fell to 1-5-1 this fall.
Dayton took a 1-0 lead when Ali Pinho scored a first-half goal. New Providence knotted the score, 1-1, when Kelly headed in a long throw-in from Cate Munn 17 minutes into the second half.
After the schools played through a scoreless first overtime, Munn again found Kelly, who once again headed in a throw-in, for the winning strike 90 seconds into the second extra session.
Sophomore goalie Carleigh Robertson made three saves in net.
"It was a good win for us," said New Providence head coach Scott Murphy. "We weren't as sharp as our prior game, but we kept fighting for a tough victory."
In its other game this past week, New Providence defeated Kent Place, 3-1, also at home, on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Amy Maurer converted a penalty kick in the 13th minute to stake the Lady Pioneers to a 1-0 lead before Kent Place tied the score two minutes later.
Emma Keanneally then scored off a long throw-in by Munn in the 23rd minute of the first half to put New Providence up for good.
The Lady Pioneers then added an insurance goal when Kavita Parekh connected off a feed from Kelly six minutes into the second half.
Robertson again anchored the defense with a three-save performance along with a solid effort by freshman left back Gillian Poiesz.
"I said last year that Carleigh didn't play like a freshman, and a year later she isn't playing like a sophomore," said Murphy. "She's getting more vocal and becoming a leader for us."
Kelly, a sophomore, now leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist with Maurer, a senior, right behind with three goals. Parekh has totaled a goal and two assists while Kenneally, Poiesz and Reagan Wawzycki have also scored a goal. Munn owns three assists.
"This team is very versatile and has really stepped up," said Murphy. "I feel like we're finally getting into form after the lack of a preseason."
New Providence is scheduled to play host to Elizabeth on Tuesday, Oct. 27 before a Union County Tournament game tentatively slated for Oct. 31.
"We constantly talk about how this season could be suspended or ended," said Murphy. And every game we come out and appreciate the opportunity that we all have."