HARTFORD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Soccer team defeated Hartford this afternoon off a game winning goal in the second overtime period courtesy of NEC Player of the Week Michelle Clarkin to give the Pioneers the 3-2 victory. SHU returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8 when the Pioneers travel to face Rhode Island. Game-time is set for 1:00 p.m.
"Our team has proven to be a resilient bunch. After twice giving up the lead, a lot of teams would have folded, but not this group. They kept coming. I don't think we played our best game, but anytime you can go on the road and beat the defending America East Regular Season Champions, it is a good result. We may have a very young team, but we have great upperclass leadership that we will count on as the year goes on. Really proud of the girls." Head Coach Matt Micros on the team's overtime victory.
- The Hawks edged SHU in shots in the first half as Hartford took eight while SHU took seven.
- At 18:32, first-year Michelle Clarkin nailed in her third goal of the season to put the Pioneers ahead 1-0.
- The Hawks would answer right back at 19:11 as Samantha Nelbach would find the back the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.
- In the thirty-third minute of the game, sophomore Desiree Crawford received the ball from Clarkin and fired off the go-ahead goal at 33:20 to take a 3-2 lead.
- The Pioneers were held to just one shot in the entire second half while Hartford was able to fire off six shots and five on goal.
- The Hawks once again tied the game as a goal off a penalty goal kick by Anna Cronin at 56:05 in the half making the score 2-2.
- Neither team scored for the remainder for the game sending the game into overtime.
- SHU tallied two shots on goal in the first overtime coming off the foot of first-year Azria Malloy but two saves by the goalkeeper prevented the game winning from slipping by keeping the score at 2-2.
- Meanwhile the SHU defense held strong not allowing a single shot to the Hawks in the overtime sending the game into a second overtime.