Two Goals in Just Under Three Minutes Propel Shorewomen To Victory
ASTON, PA – Visiting Washington College got two goals in a 2:51 span of the second half to rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit to top host Neumann University, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Turf Field in a non-conference women's soccer match. With the win, the Shorewomen improve to 1-0-1 on the season, while the Knights drop to 1-2 with the loss.
Trailing 1-0 enter the second half, Washington evened the match at 1-1 when freshman forward/midfielder Heather Smith (Glen Burnie, MD/Glen Burnie) scored her first collegiate goal on the first shot of the second half for the guests at the 64:04 mark. WC took a 2-1 lead just 2:51 later at 66:55 when junior midfielder Gabby Devaud (Baltimore, MD/Institute of Notre Dame) finished off a feed from junior forward/midfield Kira Pancotti (Briarcliff Manor, NY/Briarcliff). The goal, Devaud's first of the season, proved to be the deciding tally. Neumann had two chances in the final 1:36 to try to send the contest to overtime, but junior goalkeeper Tori Ripple (Baltimore, MD/John Carroll) stopped both of them and the Shorewomen chalked up their first win of 2010.
Neumann's Heather Hopkins scored 1:54 into the match as she scored off of a rebound of her own shot to put the Knights up 1-0 with Alexis Tiernan tallying the assist. Kathleen Maleski (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll), but was stopped by Neumann's keeper Jacquell McAllister. After surrendering seven of the first eight shots in the first half, Washington had the last five shots of the opening half.
Ripple stopped seven shots in recording the victory for Washington, while Neumann's Jacquell McAllister made six saves. The Knights outshot the Shorewomen by a 14-12 margin and held a 4-3 edge in cornerkicks.