And even after the Warriors broke through to score 4 minutes into the second half on a beautiful crossover move by Taylor Blood, the Astros fought back quickly to even the count.
In an eerie precursor to the game-winner, Charewicz sent a hard shot from the left side of the circle that was deflected by Kaylie Decosmo into the net just 49 seconds after the Winnacunnet goal.
And after another half hour of exciting action, Pinkerton saw its opportunity and jumped on it with the discipline of a champion.
“That’s something we’ve talked about where the girls settle themselves down before the corner,” Resmini said as the team patiently set itself as the final seconds ticked away. “Know where you’re going with (the ball), use your time, and that was something we actually practiced.”
As for the play, Charewicz said, “We’ve done that corner before and it’s been pretty successful. I knew the ball was coming to me and it was a great insert (by Torre). It was just kind of muscle memory after that.”
Resmini added: “We have a couple of girls who can fire shots. We wanted the ball to go to Rachael and she executed it so well. She has that kind of shot, it’s scary at times.”
The victory, and the streaks that were broken, certainly was rewarding for Charewicz.
“We just brought everything we had. I think we stayed strong mentally throughout the game,” she said. “That’s what we were looking to do. We met our goal.”