PHILADELPHIA – Senior midfielder Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) scored in the first five minutes of the overtime period to give the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Holy Family (0-2) on Saturday afternoon.
After nearly 94 minutes of scoreless soccer, Farina grabbed a loose ball in front of the goal after the opposing goalkeeper attempted to clear the ball. The victory for Saint Anselm (1-0-1), sparked by Farina's fifth career game-winning goal, was its first in overtime since the 2017 season.
Junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) posted her second straight shutout of the season by stopping all three shots she faced. Wildrick has been a part of eight clean sheets over her three years at Saint Anselm.
Holy Family controlled play for most of the first half, outshooting the Hawks 4-2. Freshman Aly Fish (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) had the first scoring opportunity for the Hawks, but was denied by a diving Brianna Pudlo in the 31st minute. Just 10 minutes later, Pudlo tipped a Phoebe Alex (Acton, Mass.) shot over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.
"Holy Family swarmed us in the first half," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "They were hard in the tackles and we were a bit sluggish. The second game in three days is always tough both physically and mentally so that might have played into it as well."
Saint Anselm responded out of the break with four shots in the first nine minutes of the second half. The Hawks nearly broke the deadlock themselves in the 71st minute when Alex gathered a pass from a corner kick and fired a shot on net but Pudlo was again able to stop it.
The Tigers again went on the attack in the 84th minute when Kaitlyn Findlay sent a shot towards goal but Wildrick absorbed the ball from going in.
"Our second half response was wonderful," said Bancroft. "We settled in and had a lot of opportunities to score that we failed to capitalize on. In overtime, we were pushing for an opportunity and Caly did well with the one she got. I am proud of how the group responded."
The Hawks travels to Saint Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for a 3 p.m. matchup.