Women’s Soccer: Maphis hat-trick lifts Catamounts to OT win

Brittany Maphis, led the Potomac State Women's soccer team, to a heart-stopping, double over-time victory in their opener Tuesday night. Maphis set a PSC record for scoring from direct kicks, converting three to goals. Her hat trick off of dead ball plays was all the scoring the Lady Cats had or needed as her teammates mobbed her after her "golden goal," 5:22 into the final overtime period. 

 The Washington Adventist Shock, struck first with a goal by Denise Gatcham. The Catamounts evened the score a few minutes later with a line drive shot off the her first direct kick score. The half ended with a 1-1 tie. Maphis scored her second goal from almost 40 yards out with 25:33 into the second half to put Potomac State up 2-1. With less than five minutes left in the game, Aaliyah Payton sent the game into overtime with open shot from just inside the penalty box.

Neither team could score as the defenses tightened.  Maddie Miller, Faith Sentelle and Penny Summers kept the speedy Shock Offense at bay. Catamount keeper, Brooke Snyder with 20 saves on the day and Shock keeper, Laura Perez with 24 saves, both had remarkable games.

Perez dived late in the game to stop a PSC penalty kick. Finally, when it looked like the game would end in a tie. Washington Adventist fouled Cat's forward, Rochelle Daniels about 25 yards from the goal to set up Maphis who had perfect placement on a rocket shot to the upper far post corner of the goal.

Potomac State held the lead in shots 27-22 for the game, while the Shock had the edge in corner kicks 6-1. The PSC Women next game is Saturday at Patrick Henry, game time 3:00.