Women’s Soccer Fights to 1-1 Draw with Morrisville State

Women’s Soccer Fights to 1-1 Draw with Morrisville State

BENNINGTON, Vt. – A final Morrisville State College shot that floated into the net was called off Wednesday evening as the second overtime expired, the visiting Mustangs and the Southern Vermont College women's soccer teams walking off Everett Field with a 1-1 non-conference tie.

SVC struck in the 13th minute to go up 1-0, and the hosts maintained that lead until there was 23:32 left in regulation. Neither side could find the back of the cage through the remainder of the second half, and the offensive units were then held in check through the extra 20 minutes for both teams to collect their first draw of the year.

Southern Vermont moves to 3-2-1 on the season while the Mustangs are now 2-2-1 overall. The last two matches between the programs have been hard-fought, the SVC claiming a tight 1-0 victory in 2015.

The Mountaineers now turn their sights on New England Collegiate Conference play, opening up the league schedule on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game against Lesley University. Morrisville hosts Lancaster Bible College on Saturday, the North Eastern Athletic Conference match slated for 12 p.m.

SVC's goal came from sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) who tallied her ninth of the year off a feed from senior Kelsey Hamister (Vellejo, Calif.); Madore is now tied for second on the all-time Mountaineer scoring list with 24 in her career, just four shy of breaking the program record.

Morrisville got its goal to go off the foot of freshman Ashley Capron (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), her unassisted tally being the sixth of the year for the Mustangs.

Mountaineer junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made nine saves in the draw (3-2-1). Morrisville State sophomore goalie Brianna Sorriento (Wynantskill, N.Y.) stopped one SVC shot through her 94:42 in goal, earning the tie (1-0-1) from between the pipes before having to leave with injury. Freshman Brook Terrier (Hubbardsville, N.Y.) came off the bench and registered a save in the extra sessions to help preserve the 1-1 tally.

Southern Vermont got on the board first just 12:26 into the match on an outstanding free kick by Hamister. The Mountaineers were awarded the set piece about five yards into their own territory, and the senior played the ball perfectly over the pulled-up Mustang defensive line and into open space; Madore ran onto it, took a touch to the right for her shot to open up, and made the most of it by sliding the ball into the lower-right corner of the frame for her team-leading ninth goal of the year.

The 1-0 upper hand was held until 21 minutes into the second period when Capron got on the scoresheet. A ball was played deeply into the left corner of the pitch, and Capron was able to run it down and steal it away from a Mountaineer defender. She carried the ball along the goal line and into the box, set up her shot from right in front of the frame, and fired it back inside the near post from about seven yards out for the equalizer.

The Mustangs had a great chance a few minutes later when a head flick into the box opened up a shooting lane for freshman Jessica Adam (Avoca, N.Y.). She sprinted on and let it fly from 10 yards away, only to be stymied by Mascari. The 1-1 tally stood through the final horn in regulation as the two squads headed for the first extra session.

Just 1:20 into overtime, Morrisville nearly got the win when Capron got on the receiving end of a great through ball up the gut; she set herself and ripped it on frame, but Mascari came up with the big, diving save to her right to maintain the tie.

Neither crew had a good opportunity through the rest of the match until the Mustangs made one final push in the waning seconds of the second extra period. Capron worked her way into the SVC zone as the final few ticks were counted down and lined up a left-footed shot from just outside the box; it curled and floated over Mascari into the top of the frame, but not before the horn sounded. The referees conferenced shortly before waving off the potential game winner-- much to the disappointment of the visitors.