Oct. 22, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team opened an important two-game road swing Friday evening with a 2-2 double overtime draw at Rhode Island. A late goal by junior Jen Pfeiffer forced extra time, but neither team could tally a goal in the two frames.
Saint Joseph's freshman Mo Hawkins opened the scoring, putting the Hawks ahead 1-0 in the 42nd minute. Classmate Devin Griffin helped push the ball into the Rams' zone, passing off to Hawkins. Dribbling past defenders, Hawkins drilled a shot to the bottom left of the net at 41:19.
Rhode Island took advantage of a SJU mistake to tie the game at one in the 71st minute. The Rams drove the ball deep into the Hawks' goalkeeper box, causing a scramble for the ball. A mistimed pass got directed into the Hawks' net, squaring the game at 1-1 on an own goal at 70:29.
The Rams grabbed their first lead less than three minutes later, again taking advantage of a Hawk mistake. With the ball volleyed into SJU's box again, the Hawks' goalkeeper Christine Neal turned the ball over, allowing Kaylen Shimoda to pounce on it and fire the ball into an empty net at 73:17.
With time winding down, Pfeiffer tied the game off a long free kick. Off a Rhode Island foul, Pfeiffer drilled a shot from 35 yards out to the upper left corner, beating the Rams' goalkeeper and tying the match at 2-2 at 86:52.
In extra time, Rhode Island was the only team to register a shot, but Neal was there to stonewall the host's chances.
The draw improves SJU's record to 2-3-1 in the Atlantic 10 and 5-9-1 overall.
Saint Joseph's caps its road trip at Massachusetts on Sunday at 1 p.m.