Oct. 17, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to three games, tying Patriot League leading Navy, 0-0, in 110 minutes of action on Friday at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Eagles are now 5-9-2, 2-1-1 PL, while the Mids are 11-3-2, 3-0-1 PL.
The opening half was mostly played in the middle third of the pitch, as both defenses were stingy. Navy did not registered a shot on goal, despite having two corner kicks. American earned a free kick with 4:29 left in the half courtesy of a Navy hand ball. Tatiana Bertolo's shot cleared the wall but went straight into the hands of the Mids keeper Lizzie Barnes for the Eagles lone shot on goal in the half and teams went into the intermission knotted at 0-0.
The Eagles kept the majority of possession deep in Mids end of the field in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, with Krystn Hodge getting a pair of opportunities in the early going. The AU defense continued to be a force to be reckoned with, as Navy still hadn't recorded a shot on goal with 25 minutes left in regulation. The Mids finally forced Eagles keeper Kelsey Wiggins to make a save with 22:28 left in the game on a shot taken by Kristen Laraway.
Neither side was able to get on the board at the end of 90 minutes, forcing overtime. AU had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal in regulation, but could not capitalized.
Navy had the best opportunity in the first 10 minute overtime period. The Mids took an offensive rush deep into the Eagles end of the field. A series of passes led to a Laraway took a shot from 20 yards out that caromed off of the right goal post and ricocheted out of the box and cleared out of danger. Navy got off one more shot as time expired, sending the game into a second 10 minute overtime stanza. Both sides had limited opportunities in the final 10 minutes, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The Eagles defense held the league-leading Mids offense to just two shots on goal in the entire game.
"I couldn't be more proud of the way our team played tonight," said AU head coach Dave Bucciero. "I think we played well enough to win and to go on the road and play like we did says a lot about the character of our team. We need to build off this tie for the two games coming up."
Navy held a 13-6 advantage in total shots, but were unable to put and real threats on Kelsey Wiggins. Wiggins finished with two saves, while Barnes made three saves for the Mids.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday, Oct. 24 at Holy Cross at 3 p.m.