NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Lyndon opened its 2014 season with a tough 2-1 double overtime loss to Norwich in the opening round of the Norwich Women's Classic.
Amanda Brux scored the game-tying goal with 1:26 left in regulation for the Cadets, and also scored the game-winning goal with 3:57 left in double overtime to lift Norwich to the dramatic victory.
Mehgan McMullen sprung Brux on a breakaway down the right wing with a perfect through ball. Brux sprinted behind the Lyndon defense to chase down the ball and then dribbled in on Hornet goalkeeper Julianna Anderson (Manchester, N.H.). Brux evaded Anderson as she came off her line to challenge by turning quickly to her left. She corralled the ball and then fired a shot into a wide open net to lift the Cadets to the sudden death victory.
After a scoreless first half, Lyndon (0-1) got on the board first in the 58th minute when Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) knocked home a rebound off an initial shot from Makayla Lyndes (Lyndonville, Vt.). NU goalkeeper Molly Miller got a piece of the ball, but she couldn't push it out far enough allowing Sheridan an easy tap in goal for the rebound.
Norwich (1-0) went on the offensive in search for the equalizer and the Cadets nearly were able to tie it just moments later but a shot on a partial breakaway by Tiana Cass sailed just wide of the right post. Clara Leister made a nice pass over the top to spring Cass on the break.
Norwich kept the pressure on throughout much of the second half and almost equalized again with just over 12 minutes left on a deflection off the knee by junior Victoria Sohn on a corner kick attempt from senior Alex Frank.
Brux finally got the equalizer in the 89th minute when she took a pass from Cass and lifted a shot from 25 yards out that tucked just underneath the crossbar and over the outstretched hands of Anderson.
Miller made 11 saves for Norwich to pick up her first collegiate victory. Anderson made eight saves in the loss for Lyndon. Lyndon outshot Norwich 22-19, while Norwich had five corner kicks to Lyndon's two.
Norwich will look to improve to 2-0 on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Johnson State in the Classic finale at 3 p.m. Lyndon meets Southern Vermont at 12:30 p.m. in the other matchup.