The Annapolis Area Christian School field hockey team clinched first place and a first round bye in the IAAM C conference playoffs with a 2-1 overtime win over host St. Timothy’s on Friday.

St Tim’s scored first towards the end of the first half when Jimena Nowak fired the ball into the goal.  But the Eagles’ defense stepped up and held them scoreless for the rest of the game.

Maddie Anderson tied the game at 1-1 AACS scored early in the second half to force overtime.

AACS coach Sharon Wiley pulled aside her two senior captains, Meagan Ingley and Jamie Gibson, and told them it was time for them to rise above and lead their team to the coveted victory.

After a few trips up and down the field, the Eagles were awarded a penalty corner. Ingley inserted the ball to Gibson who drove on goal.  St Tim’s goalkeeper Ariana Bateman blocked the shot, but Gibson retrieved the rebound, drove again to Ingley who tapped the ball in, doing what their coach had admonished them to do.

“Knowing this would be a season of a lot of close calls, I practiced overtime play with the team, and that has proven to be crucial. We have had three overtime showings, all ending in victory,” said Wiley.

Annapolis Area Christian 2, St Timothy’s 1

AACS     0             1              1              —             2

ST           1             0              0              —             1

Goals: AACS-Maddie Anderson, Meagan Ingley; ST-Jimena Nowak.

Assists: AACS-Ingley, Jamie Gibson

Saves: AACS-Lisa Fetter 5; ST-Ariana Bateman 4.