MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior midfielder Jessica Kaufman scored in the final minute of the first overtime to give the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over visiting Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday afternoon at Melucci Field.
After nearly 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, Kaufman got in front of her mark at the back post and volleyed in a cross from Nicole White with 53.3 seconds remaining in the first overtime to give Saint Anselm (3-3-0, 1-3-0 NE10) its first Northeast-10 Conference victory of the season. The win over Southern Connecticut (1-5-1, 1-2-1 NE10) was just the second in the last eight meetings for the Hawks, who rebounded from an overtime loss to No. 16 Adelphi on Saturday.
White's assist on Kaufman's game-winner was her NE10-leading sixth of the season, while Kaufman's goal was her second of the year. Junior goalkeeper Elise Bouchard posted the first shutout of her career by stopping all four shots she faced. Bouchard had been part of four clean sheets over her first two seasons.
Saint Anselm controlled play for most of the first half, outshooting Southern Connecticut 10-5. Roshelle Morrison, who had a game and career-high six shots and four on goal, had the first chance, but was denied by a diving Gabrielle Arruda in the 25th minute. Less than five minutes later, Arruda tipped an Erin Paqeutte long-range shot over the bar to keep the game scoreless.
Morrison sent a one-timer off a cross from Sophie Smith straight at Arruda in the 31st minute as the Hawks continued to press for the opening goal. The Owls nearly broke the deadlock themselves in the 40th minute, when Olivia Holubecki rattled a shot off the cross bar and Nadine Hikert could not get much on the rebound.
The best chance of the second half again fell to Morrison, who was played through on goal by White in the 54th minute but Arruda was again up to the task. Southern Connecticut again hit the woodwork in the 69th minute when Kelly Lamb hit a shot off the post and play was halted for offsides. Kaufman's winner was the long shot on goal in the extra session.
Arruda finished the game with nine saves for the Owls but fell to 1-5-1 on the year. Bouchard's victory improved her record to 3-2-0.
Saint Anselm hits the road to face Franklin Pierce at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.