PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Gabrielle Vagnozzi scored 38 seconds into overtime to helps the Hawks' women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Columbia on Sunday at Sweeney Field.
After seeing its 2-0 halftime advantage quickly erased in the second half, Saint Joseph's battled the Lions to a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.
In overtime, the Hawks struck on their first opportunity. Working the ball to the Morgan Bower at the top right corner of the Columbia box, Bower crossed a pass to Vagnozzi unattended on the left wing. In motion, Vagnozzi delivered a low shot to the left side of the net that took a large bounce over the diving Lions' goalkeeper Juliet Allen and into the back of the net at 90:38 to give the Hawks a victory.
Just 20 seconds later, the Hawks pushed their lead to 2-0 as Bower took advantage of a Columbia misplay and drilled a shot to an empty net at 32:12.
The Lions (3-4-1) rallied though to even the match less than nine minutes into the second half behind goals from Natalie Neshat and Emma Anderson.
From there, both teams had scoring chances, but it would be the Hawks that capitalized in overtime to wrap up non-conference play with a win.
In goal, junior Grace Bendon made six saves to improve to 5-2-1 overall.
The Hawks (5-2-1) return to action on Thursday as they open their Atlantic 10 schedule at Richmond at 7:30 p.m.
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