September 21, 2005

Pioneers Score Golden Goal to Drop Hartford, 2-1, in Double OT

Sept. 20, 2005

Final Stats

The Sacred Heart women's soccer team battled their way to a 2-1 double overtime win at the University of Hartford Tuesday night. The Pioneers scored with 2:09 remaining in the game, with the golden goal coming off the foot of senior Katie Leahy (Warwick, RI). Sacred Heart improved to 3-4-0 overall while Hartford dropped to 1-8-0.

After a scoreless first half, Sacred Heart got on the scoreboard at the 49-minute mark on a tally by sophomore Meagan Riemer (Ellington, CT). Riemer took a pass from fellow sophomore Lisa Nowakowski (Rocky Hill, CT) on the right side of the goal and shot to the far post to beat Hartford goalkeeper Liz Cook . The Hawks needed only 51 seconds to net the equalizer. Freshman Kacey Busque took a feed from sophomore Maja Siosteen on the right side and had a clear path to the goal. She was taken down from behind inside the box and was awarded a penalty kick, which she drilled home for a 1-1 tie with much of the half to play.

Five penalty cards were issued over the next 18 minutes, concluding with a red card given to Cook for an illegal touch outside of the box. With backup goalkeeper Stephanie Doyle unavailable, Hartford turned to junior Maria Afouxenides.

Back-up goalkeeper Maria Afouxenides, playing in her first collegiate game, stopped two SHU shots to keep the game tied through the first overtime. Sacred Heart finally broke through with only minutes to play, as Leahy blasted a shot that Afouxenides got a piece of but couldn't stop the momentum as the ball trickled over the goal line and gave the Pioneers the win. Junior Lisa Burbige (Babylon, NY) was credited with the assist on the game-winner.

Sacred Heart goalkeeper Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) made a pair of saves to earn her second-straight victory.

The Pioneers will be off until Sunday, October 2nd when they open Northeast Conference play hosting Fairleigh Dickinson at 1:00 pm