Pearce Scores Game Winner in Coast Guard Debut

Katharina Commins
Katharina Commins

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Brielle Pearce made her Coast Guard debut count scoring in the second overtime period to lead the Bears to a 1-0 season opening win over Fredonia State Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard opens the season with a win for the first time since 2015. The Blue Devils fall to 0-2 on the season after losing their opener to UMass Dartmouth yesterday 2-0.

The Bears held a 13-5 shot advantage in regulation forcing sophomore Abbey Monahan and senior Kendall Owczarzak to combined for five saves.

After a scoreless first overtime period, junior Claire Hurley split the Fredonia State defense with a pass putting Pearce in behind the Blue Devil's defense who held off two defenders and rifled a shot past Owczarzak at the 1:02.59 for the game winner.

In her Coast Guard debut, freshman Katharina Commins (1-0) earned her first shutout at the Academy making two saves on two shots on goal.

Monahan started in goal for the Blue Devils making three saves. Owczarak came into the game in the second half making four saves on five shots on goal allowing the lone goal.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, September 5th, when they host Framingham State at 4:30.