Sept. 24, 2006
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 24, 2006) - Freshman midfielder Veronique Fleury delivered the University of Maine women's soccer team a 1-0 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers Sunday afternoon, scoring the "golden goal" in the 105th minute of the second overtime.
Both teams missed on scoring chances during regulation and the first overtime before Fleury gave the Black Bears the win when it looked the game may be headed for a scoreless tie.
The Pioneers looked like they may strike first in 11th minute when sophomore Megan Wosleger (Rockville Centre, NY) hit a cross to the far post looking for junior Allison Rojas (Manorville, NY) but Maine keeper Jasmine Phillips came out and punched the ball away. Senior Lisa Burbige (Babylon, NY) made a bid for a marker in the 33rd minute when she lofted a shot high, toward the left corner but came up just wide.
SHU continued to get good looks in the second half when in the 53rd minute sophomore Britney Dupee (Portland, ME) sent in a perfect cross to the box where Burbige got her head on it but Phillips was waiting to make the save.
Maine's offense began to click in 61st minute as they set up for a corner kick. Marie-Michele Bouchard sent a ball hurtling in, Marie-Andree Canuel flicked a header toward the far left post that appeared to be heading in before SHU's Rojas was able to clear it out for a team save.
The Black Bear's offense appeared like it would finally light the scoreboard at the 64:14 mark when Laura Harper broke away from the pack and headed toward goal. Harper was taken down from behind on the breakaway and awarded a penalty kick. Harper lined up for the go-ahead score but fired off the right post as SHU dodged the bullet.
The Pioneers thwarted two more Maine scoring chances to force the game into extra time. With just 30 seconds left in the first overtime, Dupee tried to send the Pioneers home winners, chipping on a cross from junior Patricia Santangelo (Rocky Hill, CT) but her shot just missed, clearing the cross bar and the game went to a second overtime.
Just 10 seconds in, Burbige fired a blast that went just right in what would be the last scoring chance the Pioneers would get. With just under five minutes left to play, the Pioneers tried to clear defensively but a miscue in the back gave Fleury her chance. The freshman midfielder collected the loose ball, dribbled in and fired from 20 yards out into the top left corner for the win.
SHU keeper Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) made six saves in the loss as the Pioneers fall to 1-9-0 on the season heading into Northeast Conference play next weekend.
Phillips turned away four SHU shots in the win as Maine remains a perfect 8-0-1 on the season.
The Pioneers will travel to Mount St. Mary's and Monmouth next weekend for a pair of NEC tilts.