Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team picked up their fourth point in MAAC conference play after a 1-1 draw against the Siena Saints on Wednesday at the QU Soccer Field. The tie came in the first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) home game for the Bobcats. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made seven saves on the day including stopping a penalty kick from defending MAAC Player of the Week Brittany Pfaff. Senior midfielder Aine McKeever (Derry City, Northern Ireland) scored the only goal of the game for Quinnipiac in the 84th minute.
"With a conference game its more important when you go to overtime not to lose and yes you would like to win, but you don't want to walk off the field disappointed," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "To come back and get a point we'll take it and we're unbeaten. We've played Siena almost every year the last few years and it hasn't had that sort of physical and emotional contest that was there today. That's because it is a MAAC game now and it changes the dynamic."
The first half would see senior Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia) and a Bobcats defense do a great job of marking Siena forward Brittany Pfaff (Charlotte, VT.) who had nine of the team's 14 goals so far on the season. The Bobcats held the advantage in corners in the first half (5-0) and outshot the Saints 6-1, but were unable to get any past Siena goalkeeper Taylor Booth (Epping, N.H.)
The second half would see more action when in the 70th minute a foul in the box was called. Pfaff would take the penalty for Siena but Grodzki guessed correctly and made a diving safe to push the ball out of bounds and keep the score knotted at zero.
Five minutes later however the Bobcats were called for a handball in the box. This time Tara Sobierajski (Rockaway, N.J.) would connect on her penalty kick for the Saints and Siena would take the game's first lead 1-0.
In the 84th minute the Bobcats would push the ball in the box and a foul was called against the Saints. Aine McKeever would line up for the penalty kick and would connect on it for her second goal on the season. Through two halves of play the Bobcats held a 8-7 shot lead and a 8-3 corner kick lead but were unable to take the lead on the scoreboard.
The shots would be even in the first overtime with Booth and Grodzki each making a save. In that first overtime Pfaff had a chance for Siena when she was able to deflect a rebound past Grodzki at the top of the 18, but Beck Kiting did a great job of getting back and clearing the ball aside to preserve the 1-1 score.
The second overtime saw much of the same with Grodzki making the only save of the overtime. The clock would run out with Quinnipiac and Siena settling for a 1-1 draw.
Natalia Grodzki had 7 saves for the Bobcats including a penalty kick save in the second half that would've been the difference in the game. Taylor Booth made four saves on the day for Siena. With the result the Bobcats remain unbeaten in MAAC play with a record of 1-0-1 and four points while the Saints move to 0-1-1 and pick up their first MAAC points on the season.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Sept. 28, when they host the Rider Broncs. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn.
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