Women’s Soccer: Norwich battles USJ to 3-3 stalemate

Syndey Rocheville women's soccer action vs. USJ
Bill Croney/The Northfield News

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team squandered a two-goal lead in the second half to settle for a 3-3 tie with the Univ. of St. Joseph (Conn.) on Friday night in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action. 

Freshman Julia Koron (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored twice in the second half to give Norwich (6-3-1, 3-3-1 GNAC) a 3-1 lead, but USJ (3-5-1, 1-4-1 GNAC) answered with two goals less than a minute apart in the 72nd and 73rd minute to level the score again. 

USJ took a 1-0 lead at the 8:27 mark of the first half with Deidra Caruso scoring on a corner kick off an assist from Ali O'Neill. Caruso was first to the ball on the far post and tapped the ball into an open net after O'Neill served it in from the right. 

Norwich responded in the 25th minute with Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.) chasing down a long over the top ball from Courtney Amell (Northfield, Vt.). Rocheville took a couple dribbles and then fired the ball to the side of the USJ keeper to knot the score at 1-1 with her third goal of the season. 

Koron scored her first of the game with a laser beam strike from 25 yards out on a free kick for her fourth goal of the season. Koron blasted the ball past the USJ defense and into the top left corner of the net to give Norwich its first lead of the game at 2-1 in the 51st minute. She scored again in the 65th minute, finally tapping home a loose ball in the box after it kicked around a few players to give the Cadets a 3-1 lead. 

However, for the second straight game Norwich gave up two goals in less than a minute span as USJ cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 71:59 mark with Rylee Snow scoring off a corner kick and Olivia Norton picking up the assist. Norton side volleyed the ball ahead off an O'Neill corner kick service found its way to her feet. Snow then redirected the ball into the back of the net for the goal. 

Just 46 seconds later, Jessica Spezzano ran down a long ball, evaded the goalkeeper to the right and then slipped the ball into a wide open net to tie the game at 3-3. 

Freshman Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made her first collegiate start, making 10 saves for the Cadets in goal to earn the tie. Megan Ricci stopped nine shots for USJ to bring her record to 3-5-1 on the year. 

Norwich currently sits in sixth place in the GNAC standings with 10 points. However, the Cadets have played two more games than seventh place Colby-Sawyer (nine points) and one more than Regis, who also has nine points. 

The Cadets are next in action on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they host Johnson & Wales at 1 p.m. in another GNAC matchup. NU then hits the road to face Regis, Simmons and NVU-Lyndon on Oct. 10, 13 and 15 respectively.