ALBANY, N.Y. – Only 18 seconds remained on the clock when Albany senior midfielder Chrissy Klepper deflected in a long ball off the boot of classmate Rebecca Lee to take a 3-2 overtime decision against the Sacred Heart University women's soccer team. The Pioneers forced OT in a similar fashion as senior mid Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, N.Y.) knocked in a corner kick from fellow senior Maggie O'Callaghan (Commack, N.Y.) to bring the team's even at two in the final minute of regulation.
The Great Danes raced out to a quick lead with two scores in the first 11 minutes of the contest. Sophomore Aubrey VanGorder tallied each score, the first coming at the 5:02 mark as she intercepted a clear attempt in front of the net and the second a shot ripped passed the keeper to the right.
Sacred Heart was able to respond soon after as junior forward Ashley Moore (Levittown, N.Y.) placed a shot to the lower left corner in the 17th minute to bring SHU within one.
Junior Sydney Judkins (South Park, Pa.) started in net for the Pioneers and made two saves, while allowing each of the first two goals in 45 minutes between the pipes. Freshman Talia Schwartz (Roslyn, N.Y.) made her collegiate debut with two saves and one goal against in 54:42 of play. Sophomore Dani Britt played the entire game in goal for Albany and provided three saves for the win.
The game was the season opener for each side, with the Great Danes starting the season 1-0, while the Pioneers are 0-1. It was the fifth meeting all-time between the two programs and the first win for Albany as the series still leans in Sacred Heart's favor 4-1.
For the game, the Great Danes outshot the Pioneers 22-8, but SHU held an 8-2 edge in corner kick opportunities.
The Pioneers return to action next Friday at home against Maine on September 2 at 7:00 pm after Sunday's contest with Illinois State was cancelled due to the pending storm.