Delaware and Hofstra Play to 1-1 Tie in Double Overtime
NEWARK, Del. – In an extremely wet and windy match, the University of Delaware women's soccer team earned one Colonial Athletic Association point as the Blue Hens tied league-leading Hofstra, 1-1 in double overtime.
Throughout the first 45 minutes of play, each team struggled to adjust to conditions as rain fell on Delaware Mini-Stadium. Hofstra owned a 5-0 advantage in shots over the Blue Hens in the first half.
The Pride scored the first goal of the game in the 60th minute of play when Leah Galton dribbled through the Blue Hen defense and put a shot passed Delaware keeper Jessica Levy.
Hofstra didn’t hold the lead long as the Blue Hens scored 36 seconds later to tie the match, 1-1. Senior tri-captain Shannon Kearney scored the game-tying goal off a free kick from defender Maddy Parker.
At the end of 90 minutes Hofstra and Delaware remained tied, 1-1, forcing an overtime period.
In the first 10 minute overtime period, the Blue Hens outshot the Pride, 2-0, but could not find the back of the net forcing a second overtime.
In the second extra period, Hofstra held the shot advantage but could not score after an impressive save from Levy to end the game in a 1-1 draw. The senior registered five saves in the match against the Pride.
"Tonight was a hard fought, competitive, exciting game," said Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda. "Hofsta is a very good team and we battled toe to toe for 110 minutes. Shannon's goal was an outstanding finish. Maddy Parker put in a beautiful ball and Shannon buried it. Sunday is our senior day and I expect that we'll be ready for Northeastern, another very important home game."
Delaware is now 7-6-1 on the season with a 1-2-1 CAA record while Hofstra owns an 8-4-1 overall record (2-1-1 CAA).
• Kearney’s goal marks her fifth of the season
• The assist is Parker's first of her sophomore campaign
• Kearney has now tallied a point in Delaware’s past two games
• Levy has now tallied at least five saves in five contests for the Blue Hens
• Delaware returns to action Sunday, Oct. 13 against Northeastern. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.