Women's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Tie Under MCLA's Lights

Women's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Tie Under MCLA's Lights

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Both teams notched a late second-half goal to force extra sessions, but neither side could score in the overtime periods as Southern Vermont College played to a 1-1 tie against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Tuesday night in non-conference women's soccer action at Shewcraft Field.

The game was scoreless until MCLA got on the board with a goal in the 79th minute for the upper hand. The lead would be short lived, however, as the Mountaineers tied it up about two minutes later. The even tally would be sustained through the end of regulation, and the defensive units then held steady to prevent either side from notching the game-winning score.

The second draw this season is the most for SVC since 2012 and moves Southern Vermont's overall record to 4-4-2. Although the teams have matched up in preseason exhibitions over recent years, Tuesday night was the first regular season meeting between the two squads since 1999.

The Mountaineers next host Newbury College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference matchup; that day will also serve as SVC's Senior Day with it being the final weekend home game for Southern Vermont, the team being set to recognize and honor Kelsey Hamister (Vallejo, Calif.) and Lauren Nesshoever (Chittenden, Vt.) prior to kickoff.

SVC's goal came from freshman Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) with 9:40 left on the clock, her second goal of the year being assisted by sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.).

Mountaineer junior goalie Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) amassed 12 saves between the pipes in the draw (4-4-2). Many of her stops came with ease as Southern Vermont allowed the Trailblazers to take low-quality shots from afar throughout the evening, leading to the hosts taking a 19-12 edge in shots taken during the match.

Play was controlled through the middle of the pitch for most of the first half as MCLA tacked up just a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal through the stanza. Once action resumed after the intermission, offensive opportunities occurred more readily as the teams sensed that one goal could be the difference maker. The Trailblazers got a ball into the back of the net off a free kick nearly 10 minutes into the second half, but their celebration would be shut down as the goal was negated due to an offside call.

The 0-0 score would hold until the 79th minute when MCLA finally got a good goal to go for the slim upper hand. The momentum changed quickly, however, as Southern Vermont got it right back just two minutes later. Madore found Biggers in the middle of the pitch, and the Mountaineer rookie capitalized on her look from the top of the box for the equalizer.

The game would go into extra sessions as the tie couldn't be broken through the rest of regulation, but the pair of 10-minute periods wouldn't make a difference as the 1-1 tally held through the final horn. Each team had one shot on goal in each of the overtimes-- none of them being too dangerous, however, as the goalkeepers did their part to close out the draw.