continued “She is one of the tiny ones, but she gets some air,” Knapp said about Strong. “It was a great goal because after that, we got the momentum going.”
Ten minutes later, Strong was on the giving end, gaining possession of the ball and putting a cross in on the NAC net, finding the head of Taylor Saltus.
“It was great to see her head come up and hit the ball,” Strong said.
“I was just trying to get a good head on the ball,” Saltus said.
Bourgeois was very impressed by the pair of goals.
“We have not had two head-ball goals all season,” he said. “They were beautiful goals. Oh, my God, they were beautiful goals.”
Saltus found her name in the scoring column again in the 75th minute, as Maddy Rondeau passes a ball toward goal that Saltus made a diving play on with her feet for the score.
The Patriots then played with a defensive set for the rest of the game, as the Bobcats recorded three of their four shots in the final five minutes.
“The defenders played awesome as usual,” Bourgeois said. “Bryce Douglass was great in goal. Sumra Sikandar, Logan Snow, Priscilla Coats, Sierra Snow and Tiffany Evans allow me to rotate and adapt to what we need to do on defense and they played a great game.”
Douglass finished with four saves, while Bobcat goalie Stephanie Snide recorded seven in the loss.
The Bobcats best scoring chance came in the first half when Magan Magee appeared to beat out Logan Snow for a breakaway opportunity. However, officials called that Magee tripped Snow, ending the threat.
The Patriots next play in Plattsburgh on Election Night, Nov. 6, facing either Tupper Lake or Canton in the regional semifinals.