Aug. 19, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's junior Morgan Duffy netted the tying goal late in the second half and senior goalkeeper Christine Neal made five saves to help the SJU women's soccer team to a 2-2 draw with American University after extra time on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field.
Saint Joseph's (0-0-1) dominated the run of play throughout the first half, finally breaking through when Carly D'Esposito served a long ball into the box that found the head of Nicole King, who headed it over AU goalkeeper Charlene Belanger for a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
The Hawks carried the one-goal margin into the second half, but American (0-1-1) tied up the match on a 59th-minute blast by Michelle Montilio from well outside the penalty area that went in just below the crossbar.
The Eagles then went ahead with 15 minutes to go in the second half when Montilio headed the ball towards Jasmine Monhandesi, who headed it past Neal for the 75th-minute advantage.
Duffy scored a timely equalizer with 5:05 on the clock, chipping the ball over Belanger, who had moved forward to challenge the play.
AU nearly escaped with a result as Brenna Smith sent a rocket towards the upper 90 with just over a minute left in regulation, but Neal parried the shot away to keep the teams level.
The Hawks controlled possession throughout most of extra time but were unable to net a golden goal. Neal made a pair of stops in the first extra period, while Duffy forced Belanger into a tough save, to keep the match tied.
With time winding down in the second extra frame, Emily Irons found the ball inside the box and sent a shot toward the net, but Belanger was there to swallow up the attempt and end the match in a draw.
Saint Joseph's is back in action on Finnesey Field on Friday afternoon, August 24th, for a 5:00 p.m. tilt with Binghamton.