For more than 68 minutes Wednesday, field hockey teams from Enfield's two high schools demonstrated a perfect combination of crosstown rivalry and community togetherness.
Fermi and Enfield ended 60 minutes of regulation play in a scoreless tie, and continued to deny their opponent's opportunities through the first eight minutes of overtime.
Finally, with 1:54 remaining, Marci Macsata scored to give the homestanding Falcons a 1-0 victory before an equally-vocal crowd at the Fermi athletic complex.
"It was exciting," Fermi head coach Amy Bartholomew said. "The kids are close; some of my girls like to go watch Enfield and vice versa."
Legendary Enfield head coach Cookie Bromage, in her 45th season, has seen numerous spirited games between the two schools.
"I think the school spirit is pretty good," she said.
Fermi had a goal nullified just past the midway point of the first half, then the Raiders just missed the net on a scoring chance in the second half.
"We had some chances, but that's been a problem for us this year, putting it in the net," Bromage said.
In overtime, played under seven-on-seven rules, the Falcons just missed on a golden opportunity shortly after the five-minute mark, but continued to pressure Enfield goalkeeper Maddie LaRusso until Macsata netted the game-winner.
LaRusso finished with nine saves for the Raiders, while Haley Cotnoir had to stop just one shot in earning the shutout in goal for Fermi.
Both teams are back in action on the road Friday at 3:45 p.m. Fermi (5-9), which needs to win its final two games to earn a state tournament berth, plays at Windsor, while Enfield (2-10-0-2) visits Avon.