NORTHVILLE, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team twice battled back from one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 double overtime draw against Albertus Magnus College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
The majority of offensive opportunities for Albertus Magnus (5-4-1, 2-3-1 GNAC) came at the start of each half, while Norwich (3-7-1, 2-3-1 GNAC) earned their best scoring chances towards the end of each stanza.
The Falcons were the aggressors from the onset creating several, quality offensive opportunities within the first 15 minutes of the game. The visitors tallied five corner kicks during that time and broke through in the 16th minute when Amanda McGeehan (Milford, Conn.) tapped home a loose ball on the goal mouth following the last corner kick.
The momentum seemed to swing in Norwich's favor approximately 10 minutes later and culminated with the Cadets netting a goal in the 24th minute. Senior forward Kaila Lemmer (Barnard, Vt.) aggressively challenged a ball in the air deep in the Falcon's end. She won the ball, settled it and fired a low liner into the lower left corner to knot the game at 1-1.
Albertus Magnus took the advantage back just before halftime as Katherine Raposo (Warwick, R.I.) netted her GNAC-leading 13th goal of the season on an unassisted effort.
The visitors used that late goal to their benefit and began the second half looking to extend their lead with a couple of excellent scoring chances. However, the Cadets defense stood tall and by the 55th minute, the momentum bounced back to the hosts.
After forcing Falcons' goalie Cassidy Scofield (Shelton, Conn.) to make five saves in the second half, the Cadets found their opportunity for the game equalizer in the 79th minute of play. After a visitor's foul gave the Cadets a free kick, junior midfielder Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.) drilled a shot off a set piece that Scofield was unable to pare out of harm's way.
From that point forward, the Cadets earned a decisive edge in time of possession and were inches away from victory in the final minute. Rocheville again sent a strike towards goal that beat the keeper, but this time Haley Andrews (Prospect, Conn.) backed up her keeper clearing the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
Norwich had a few scoring opportunities in the extra frames, but were unable to capitalize.
Sophomore keeper Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made seven saves, several from point-blank range to earn the draw for the Cadets. Scofield and Sammara Streater (Hamden, Conn.) combined for the draw for the Falcons. Scofield registered seven stops while Streater saved one in overtime.
Albertus Magnus edged the Cadets in shots by a 19-18 margin and held a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
Norwich will take to the road for its next GNAC contest on Wednesday when the Cadets visit Saint Joseph's (Maine) for a match starting at 6:30 p.m.