DELHI, N.Y. In a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) defensive battle, SUNY Delhi (6-5-2, 3-2-1 NAC) took Husson University women's soccer (4-5-1, 3-1-1 NAC) to double overtime before settling to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes played in New York.
IN THE ACTION:
After both teams scored in the first half, the defenses took over keeping the ball out of the box and away from the goalies for the remaining periods. The Broncos saw more shots on goal in the first half than in the rest of the 65 minutes of action, while Husson's offensive charge took place in the second frame firing seven shots.
The Eagles put a point on the scoreboard first in the 6th mintue, after taking a free kick just outside the goal box. Off the boot of Jordan Hernandez, her teammate Arianna McKinnon knocked in a loose ball bouncing around a panicked scramble in front of the Broncos' net.
Much later in the opening half, SUNY Delhi's Kelsey Innes lofted a ball high above the head of Husson's goalie Jenna Dietenhofer-Diamond to even the score, 1-1, with 31:15 on the clock. Barely five seconds into the restart for the Eagles, Alexa Thayer nearly reclaimed the lead for Husson after nailing a ball of the crossbar.
The Eagles played stellar defense throughout the match, fending off 12 corner kick attempts from the home team. Despite heading into two overtime periods, the match would conclude at a 1-1 deadlock.
BETWEEN THE PIPES:
First year goalkeeper Dietenhofer-Diamond played all 110 minutes, finishing the match with six saves, while her counterpart Jessica Shultis turned away seven Eagles' shots.
The Eagles will continue North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, October 19th, as they host Northern Vermont University-Johnson during Homecoming Weekend. The match is set for 3:30pm.