ANDOVER — With the clock running down and the game on the line, Caroline Hughes knew her job.
Attack the net.
“I was just crashing the net hoping for an opportunity,” said Hughes. “We are always told to crash and net and look for rebounds.
“I went to the net, Brenna (Keefe) got the puck on net and I was there for the rebound. Then one of my teammates started hugging me.”
With 34 seconds left in regulation, Keefe fired a shot on goal that was saved, but Hughes was there to pick up the rebound and scored to give No. 13 Andover a 2-1 victory over No. 20 Newton North in the preliminary round of the Division 1 tournament last night.
“Caroline just never ceases to amaze me,” said forward Jojo Olson. “She always knows how to get the key goal just when we need them. I saw Brenna take the shot and Caroline was right there for the rebound and I knew it was going in. I wanted to do a backflip over the boards I was so excited”
With the victory, the Golden Warriors advance to the Division 1 first round, where they will face No. 4 Watertown/Belmont on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Watertown.
“We knew we just had to keep shooting and putting the puck on net,” said Keefe. “We wanted to end it before overtime. Now we are excited because we have another practice tomorrow. We want to keep playing.”
It was Newton North that took control early, scoring minutes into the first period.
But Andover struck back to tie the game in the second, on a goal by Olson.
“I brought it down low and was actually trying to center it in front of the goalie,” she said. “It just went off one of their girls and into the net. I didn’t even know it went in. I just hear everyone cheering and someone congratulate me.”