LONGMEADOW, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team was less than two minutes away from leaving Bay Path College with a tie in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, however Wildcat senior forward Keelin Dougherty (Northfield, N.H.) broke through in the 108th minute of play of double overtime action to give BPC its second consecutive win, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Ryan Field during Senior Day festivities.
Dougherty managed to break free from the Mountaineers' back line after a misplayed ball. She proceeded to go one-on-one with Southern Vermont's sophomore goalkeeper Katie Raymond (Bristol, Conn.), sending the ball up and over Raymond's head to reach the back of the net and finish play.
Defensively, both keepers helped keep the game scoreless during regulation heading into overtime action. Raymond (5-7-1) suffered the unfortunate loss while making six saves.
Freshman Alma Rizvani (Prospect, Conn.) was stellar between the sticks notching her third shutout this season for the Wildcats. Rizvani (5-3-1) went the distance, playing 108:30 and facing 15 shots, 12 of which were on goal and saved.
Southern Vermont had a 15-13 edge in shots and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks on the day.
Dougherty led the Wildcats with three shots while junior defender Abigail Rosas (Manteca, Calif.) topped the Mountaineers with four shots.
The win lifted the Wildcats' record to 8-6-1 overall and 5-2-1 in NECC play. Southern Vermont falls to 6-7-1 overall and 5-3 in the NECC.
SVC looks to its regular season conclusion, a 1 p.m. Saturday match at home versus Regis College in an NECC showdown; Saturday will also serve as the team's Senior Day when the Mountaineers will recognize and congratulate the four senior members of the team. Bay Path also wraps up its regular season with a 1 p.m. Saturday NECC contest when the Wildcats visit Mitchell College.