When I went to watch Sterling play a Colonial Conference interdivisional field hockey game at Woodbury Thursday I knew that I was going to see two struggling teams that had won a game apiece. So I figured that the competition would be evenly matched.
It certainly was. The game, deadlocked at 1-1 in regulation, shifted into overtime and that's when I saw something special by the home team.
The Thundering Herd stampeded Sterling in the 10-minute OT period, keeping the ball in the Silver Knights' end of the field and taking four shots, the last of which found the net for a scintillating, 2-1 victory with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left.
The hero was senior forward Shahmia Boston, who'd misfired twice on breakaways before firing low to the left post for the score.
Boston had been pulled from the game with 15:43 remaining in regulation and the score tied, 1-1, because she hyperextended her left knee and she was exhausted. She sat out for 5 minutes before going back in.
If Boston had not been able to return due to the knee, she would have been the fourth injured starter on coach Julie Capodanno's lineup card.
Which begs the question: What will the Herd be like when everyone is healthy? After the win their record was 2-4 overall. They were 1-3 in the Colonial Patriot.
Sterling slipped to 1-4. The Knights were 1-3 in the Colonial Liberty.