PHILADELPHIA  -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer program, led by a pair of freshmen, earned a draw Sunday afternoon against host Saint Joseph’s at Sweeney Field.

Delaware fell behind 2-0 in the second half, before a pair of goals by freshman tied the action, sending the game into overtime. The two teams played a pair of 10 minute overtime periods but neither team could tally the game-winner.

The Hawks (2-0-1) scored first Sunday afternoon when Gabrielle Vagnozzi deflected a rebound past Blue Hens keeper Abby Schlegelmilch for the opening goal of the match. Six minutes into the second half, Saint Joseph’s doubled its lead, when Hannah Racis found the back of the net for the home squad.

In the 62nd minute, Delaware (0-2-1) cut its deficit in half, when freshman Olivia Schuck headed a corner kick from sophomore Jessica Kennett into the back of the net. The game remained 2-1 until the 89th minute when freshman Gabby Johnson headed home sophomore Jillian Vassallo’s shot, tying the game at 2-2.

The draw was Delaware’s first since last season’s finale against Drexel ended 0-0.

Head Coach Mike Barroqueiro
“I’m proud of the way our group battled back to get a result against an experienced Saint Joseph’s team. Although we controlled the game early, we put ourselves in a position where we were going to need to be resilient. We fought back and that says a lot about this team. We are a team that's playing well right now, but we're still learning how to win. Managing moments within a game is part of that. We will grow from this and move forward."

• Johnson and Schuck each tallied their first career goals Sunday.
• Schlegelmilch earned her first career start Sunday and recorded eight saves.
• Sophomore Riley Curtin earned her first start of the season. Sunday was Curtin’s first start since Nov. 1, 2015 against UNCW. Curtin missed all of last season with a knee injury.
• Delaware had eight corner kicks Sunday’s, the most UD has had in a match since Sept. 30, 2016 against Towson.
• Both of Delaware’s road matches this season have gone to overtime.

• Friday, Sept. 1 - Delaware at Marist - 7 p.m. - Tenney Stadium (Poughkeepsie, N.Y)
• Sunday, Sept. 3 - Lehigh at Delaware - 1 p.m - Grant Stadium (Newark, Del.)

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