With one minute left in October 5’s field hockey game between Rye and Rye Neck, the Garnets possessed a 20 to zero advantage on short corners, and had forced the Panthers’ goalkeeper to make 23 saves. Despite statistics so overwhelmingly in favor of Rye, the numbers on the scoreboard – the only ones that matter – read 1-1.
The Garnets finally pulled ahead with 42 seconds left, when junior Emma Brinkman banged a shot past Yasmina Gourchane in heavy traffic to secure a 2-1 victory at Rye Neck. Brinkman’s goal, her second in the game, preserved Rye’s undefeated record (8-0).
“We came out flat in the beginning, but our girls didn’t give up until the final whistle,” said head coach Emily Fitzgerald. “It was the first time all season we trailed in a game, so it’s good that the girls got to know that feeling. They had to dig down deep while playing on a wet field.”