Navy's Ashlynn Soellner scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to send the Midshipmen home with a dramatic 3-2 victory over the American University women's soccer team Saturday afternoon at a rainy Reeves Field.
Soellner's score came with 40 seconds remaining in the second overtime session as Navy (8-3-2, 1-0-0 PL) earned a free kick from 30 yards out. Kate Herrin fed a ball toward a crowd gathered in front the goal, where Soellner was able to get a touch on it and put the shot past AU goalkeeper Arianna Efstathiou.
"I was very happy with our team today," Head Coach Dave Bucciero said. "I thought they came with a great effort but it just didn't go our way today. We had our opportunities late in the game and I think this shows that we're capable of winning any game that we play."
The match was sent to overtime following a frantic last four minutes of regulation. With the contest tied at one, Jasmine Mohandesi gave American (4-8-1, 0-1-0 PL) a 2-1 lead on a fantastic effort play. She first hit the post with a header off a Carleigh Morba free kick. After the ball bounced back into a crowd gathered on the goal line, Mohandesi was able to fight off the Navy defenders and push her shot into the back of the net for what appeared might be the game-winner.
But the Midshipmen refused to go down easily over the final moments of regulation. With 1:19 to play and the Eagles holding the 2-1 advantage, Morgan Dankanich tied the match with a well-placed shot off a cross from Herrin, which sent the contest to overtime.
AU scored its opening goal of the match in the 17th minute of play off a set piece from Michaela Cowgill to a streaking Michelle Montilio. The Eagles took this 1-0 lead into halftime before Navy's Fallon Puppolo tied the match at one in the 54th minute.
Navy controlled much of the action over the 90 minutes, outshooting AU, 24-15. The Midshipmen held an 11-4 margin in shots in goal as well as 13-4 advantage in corner kicks. Facing constant pressure all afternoon, Efstathiou was solid in net for American, registering eight saves, including a fantastic diving stop in the 23rd minute on a Rachel Hunter free kick.
The Eagles will look to regroup as they head into a key pair of Patriot League matches next weekend. AU will first visit Lehigh on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. before taking on Lafayette on Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m.