Women's Soccer Plays Niagara to 1-1 Draw Through Double Overtime

HAMDEN, Conn. –The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team picked up their ninth point in MAAC play after a 1-1 draw against the Niagara Purple Eagles on Saturday at the QU Soccer Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made three saves on the day while Niagara's Claire Feiertag (Ridgeway, Ont.) made nine saves for the Purple Eagles. Senior midfielder Aine McKeever (Derry City, Northern Ireland) scored the only goal of the game for Quinnipiac off a penalty kick in the 34th minute. Breanna Catipovic (Kenmore, NY) scored the equalizer in the 77th minute for Niagara.

"We saw a couple of good chances in overtime. I think the players think they have more time than they do and they've got to want to put the ball in the back of the net," Head Coach Dave Clarke said. "We were dominant and we have to take our chances. You cant waste the chances that we had especially in overtime."  

The first half would see the Bobcats attacking from the start. Quinnipiac would have two corner kicks in the first seven minutes of the game. In the ninth minute freshman Kelly Caruso (Rocky Hill, Conn.) had the first chance for Quinnipiac. She took a chip from about 25 yards out to get the ball into the box and it hit off the top of the crossbar.

Quinnipiac would keep attacking two minutes later when junior Kat Young (Fairfield, Conn.) took a shot in the box, but it would be blocked. Senior captain Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia) would corral the rebound but Feiertag was there to make the save for the Purple Eagles.

Niagara senior Breanna Catipovic would have the first chance of the game for the Purple Eagles when she had a one on one with Natalia Grodzki, but Grodzki was able to make the save to keep the game scoreless in the 15th minute.

Quinnipiac was able to force a corner in the 33rd minute after a Jessica Lavoie (Berlin, Conn.) shot was put aside by Feiertag. McKeever would line up for the Bobcats corner and would put the ball in the box that would go off the hand of a Niagara player. The handball was called and McKeever would set up for the penalty kick.

McKeever would bend the kick off the post past a diving Feiertag and into the back of the net. The goal would be the now team-leading third goal of the season for McKeever. The goal also marks the most goals that the defensive midfielder has scored in a single season.    

The clock would wind down in the first half with the Bobcats holding a six shots to one shot advantage, a three corners to one advantage, and the most important 1-0 score advantage. Through one half Feiertag made two saves and Grodzki made one save.

In the 69th minute Beck Kiting would have a shot on net that would be pushed aside by Feiertag.  Feiertag would make a save one minute later stopping Quinnipiac's Laura Nicholas (Derry City, Northern Ireland) of a chance to put the Bobcats ahead by two.

Niagara would pick up their attack in the 76th minute when Breanna Catipovic would take a chance from about 25 yards out. Catipovic did a great job of putting bend to the ball and sending it to the top right corner of the net as the ball was able to get past a diving Natalia Grodzki. The goal would be Catopovic's team-leading seventh goal of the year.

The clock would wind down in the second half and the Bobcats would play in their third straight overtime game.

In the first overtime Aine McKeever had the only two shots for either side. One shot went wide and Feiertag was able to corral the second shot to keep the score knotted at one. Quinnipiac held a two to none corner advantage in the first overtime while Feiertag made the only save of the overtime.

 In the second overtime session Kelly Caruso would take the ball to just outside the box on the right side and would serve the ball in the box. Junior Christina Cesarini (Garden City, NY) would make a diving chance to put a head to the ball, but came up just inches short.

Quinnipiac would continue to attack in the second overtime, but Feiertag would make three saves and leave the game at a 1-1 draw. Despite a nine to three shots on goal advantage and a seven to three corner advantage for Quinnipiac both teams would pick up one point in conference play.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 16, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, NY to take on Marist. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Leonidoff Field.

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