WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to tie the University of New Haven, 2-2, and keep its playoff hopes alive on Wednesday at Kayo Field.
Goals from Rachel Dempsey and Emily Morello gave New Haven (6-7-4, 3-6-4 NE10) a 2-0 lead at the break, but Saint Anselm (6-7-2, 4-7-2 NE10) scored twice in the second half to eventually send the game to overtime. The point was the first for the Hawks at New Haven since a 2-0 win back on Sept. 22, 1994, as the Chargers had won the previous seven games in the series at Kayo Field.
With the regular season winding down, the Hawks are currently two points behind Bentley, which holds the eighth and final spot in the NE10 Championship at the moment. In order to earn the eighth seed, Saint Anselm needs to defeat Merrimack at home and have New Haven defeat Bentley on Saturday.
New Haven went on top with the first shot of the game in the seventh minute, as Dempsey scored her first goal of the season off an assist from Jenna Peduzzi after 6:05. The Chargers doubled their lead before the half in the 37th minute when Emily Morello fired the ball into the top-right corner from the left edge of the box.
After having just one shot in the opening 45 minutes, Saint Anselm regrouped at the interval and tied the game with a pair of goals before the midway point of the second half. The Hawks got on the board in the 63rd minute on an own goal after a New Haven defender turned a cross into the net.
Less than four minutes later, Alexis Elowitch scored for the third-straight game, firing home from the top of the box after being teed up by Caly Farina. The Hawks had a pair of corner kicks in the final five minutes of regulation but the teams headed to overtime tied at 2-2.
Neither team managed a shot on goal in the first 15 minutes of the overtime periods. In the 108th minute, Corey Murray beat a defender up the right side on a counter attack but her shot from a narrow angle on the right was saved by Paige Davis. New Haven nearly nabbed a winning goal a minute later, but the Saint Anselm defense blocked a Morello shot with the ball bouncing around in the box after a corner kick.
Payton Wildrick made four saves as her record move to 2-2-1 for the season, while Davis had two stops as she moved to 3-2-2.
Saturday's game against Merrimack is also Senior Day at Melucci Field. The Hawks will recognize their four seniors for their efforts over the last four seasons prior to the 1 p.m. game.