Life on the road has been tough for Hastings this season.
The Yellow Jackets entered Thursday’s game at Irvington having yet to win a game away from their friendly confines.
That all changed when Hannah Stein struck a free kick from the top of the box into the bottom-left corner in the 97rd minute to secure a 3-2 double-overtime win over the Bulldogs.
It wasn’t a smooth start for Hastings, which took time to figure out Irvington’s extremely high back line.
“I told them to just hunker down and take the first 10-15 minutes to settle in,” Yellow Jackets’ coach Timon Munting said. “Look and see how they are playing and adjust your style.”
The Yellow Jackets recognized that balls played from their defense over the Bulldogs’ back line opened up space. Andriana Cunningham and Molly Gross each capitalized with goals in the second half.
Irvington applied the pressure in the first overtime, but Hastings was able to answer back with offensive runs of its own in the final ten minutes.
“I think conditioning came into play,” Munting said.
The win not only broke the Yellow Jackets’ losing streak on the road, but also came against a league opponent.
“If you want a chance at a league title you have to be able to win away,” Munting said.
Best of the rest: Pamela Sanchez scored two goals in Saunders’ 5-0 win against Lincoln at Fleming Field in the semifinals of the Yonkers City tournament. … Tappan Zee’s Paige Nevins and Marisa Bentley each had a goal and an assist in the Dutchies’ 4-0 win against Nanuet. … Jordan Sobo headed in a Stephanie Reyes corner in White Plains’ 1-0 win at home against New Rochelle. … Amairani Marin and Sarah Collens each scored in Pelham’s 2-1 win at Edgemont. … Leonie Rauls scored the winning goal with eight minutes remaining in Mamaroneck’s 2-1 win over Newburgh in the first round of the Suffern Invitational.
Hastings 3, Irvington 2, 2OT
Saunders 5, Lincoln 0
Tappan Zee 4, Nanuet 0
White Plains 1, New Rochelle 0
Pelham 2, Edgemont 1
Lincoln 3, Gorton 0
Mamaroneck 2, Newburgh 1
Clarkstown North 2, Suffern 2 (Clarkstown North advances on PKs)