West London Eagles women continue their winning streak
The West London Eagles women kicked of the new year with a win against Cambridge in a close and exciting game at Sporthouse.
Cambridge scored the first goal of the game, but the Eagles followed shortly after with a save from Olgunn Tunheim and a goal from Noelly Chevallier. From there, it was a close race all the way to the end. After 15 minutes, Olgunn Tunheim had brilliantly saved three penalties from Cambridge and the score had turned to 7-6 in favour of the Eagles. However, Cambridge did not get distressed by this and fought their way back to an 8-10 lead. At the same time as the Eagles were pulling together a strong stretch in defence, Erika Recska scored from the right wing in attack, followed by a fast break goal from Sunniva Øvstebø Næss. But it was not quite enough to level, and Cambridge managed to hold on to a narrow lead going into halftime at 10-11.
In the second half the goalkeepers continued to play a key part for the Eagles. As Anette Utby came on for the Eagles, she started off in a great way, saving the first shot from Cambridge. Having the chance to take the lead the Eagles made a few unnecessary mistakes in attack and Cambridge scored to increase their lead to 10-12. But, as the strong defence and goalkeeping from the Eagles started to pay off, they fought their way back to gain a 13-12 lead. This was followed by two successive fast break goals by Noelly Chevallier and Sunniva Øvstebø Næss, increasing the lead to 15-13. After another saved penalty the Eagles were finally rewarded with a penalty at the other end, increasing the lead to 16-13. At this point a time out called by Cambridge did not change the stakes and the Eagles stayed in control. Helped by a strong defence and several important saves from Anette Utby the team maintained a lead of 2-3 goals all the way to the end, with the score 22-20 at full time.
Anette Utby was rewarded best player for West London Eagles for her brilliant goalkeeping. Sunniva Øvstebø Næss was top scorer with 9 goals.
Up next for Eagles women is a top of the table clash with league leaders London GD.