Sept. 21, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT - Freshman goalie Meghan Reichelt made an acrobatic save in the final minute of the second overtime period to help the Sacred Heart University women's soccer team preserve a 1-1 tie against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on a hot Friday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, 0-6-1, took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on the first goal of the season from senior Lisa Nowakowski (Rocky Hill, CT). The score came off a header on corner kick by senior Allison Rojas (Manorville, NY) that beat UMBC goalie Christine Bacinski.
The game remained that way until the 80th minute when freshman Ashley Singer banged home her third goal of the season off a throw-in from sophomore Amanda Benedict. Just prior to that goal, Benedict unleashed a shot that beat Reichelt, but hit the right post. The Retrievers, 1-5-2, dominated the second half and out shot the Pioneers in the period 9-5.
Neither team had a scoring chance in the first overtime, but the Retrievers forced Reichelt to make two saves to keep the game deadlocked. The first was off a header by Sandra Vacarino with just over six minutes left, while the second came on a Vicarino blast with :30 left. Reichelt just managed to get her left hand on it as she reversed direction on the shot, allowing her defense to clear it.
Reichlet finished the game with six saves. Bacinski, who gave up the only SHU goal, was lifted in the 40th minute for Catie Bukowski, who finished with three saves.