Women’s Soccer Opens 2018 Season With 3-3 Draw Against SUNY Poly

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MANCHESTER, Vt. – Neither side cracked the win column in the opening night of the 2018 regular season as Southern Vermont College and SUNY Polytechnic Institute played to a 3-3 women's soccer draw at Applejack Stadium Friday night.

SUNY Poly got on the board first and took a 1-0 lead into halftime, and the Wildcats then went back ahead after the Mountaineers tied it up in the front end of the second period. SVC answered with a pair in a matter of 1:07 of clock time for the edge, but SUNY Poly then tied it for the third time of the night in the 76th minute.

The 3-3 tie lasted through the end of regulation, and the 20 minutes of overtime could not produce a winner in the Manchester College Soccer Series showdown.

The Mountaineers (0-0-1) hit the road for their next game as Southern Vermont visits SUNY Canton on Sunday for a 3:30 p.m. start. SUNY Poly (0-0-1) isn't back in action until Saturday, September 8 when the Wildcats visit Bryant & Stratton College for a kickoff time that is to be announced.

SVC junior Danielle Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) put home a pair of goals for the hosts while senior Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) scored the first Mountaineer tally.

Wildcat senior Nakeya Stedman (Sauquoit, N.Y.) notched two goals in the effort.

Southern Vermont senior keeper Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.) and SUNY Poly sophomore netminder Alysia Thomas (Greenville, N.Y.) each started the year at 0-0-1 between the pipes.

After the Mountaineers fell behind with the misfortune of an own goal, the match went 40:48 without a score change; SVC had the best chance during that time when senior captain Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) made her way into the box from the left side—working around Wildcat defenders before putting her shot off the near-side post.

Southern Vermont found an equalizer in the 61st minute off a long pass from sophomore Addison Bonacio (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) from near the midfield line; McNamee ran on to it and, with Thomas coming out towards the top of the box, hit a lofted shot over the Wildcat keeper and into the net.

Stedman found the scoresheet about seven minutes later as she went shoulder-to-shoulder with an SVC defender through the gut of the pitch before slotting home her first of the year. That would be the final SUNY Poly lead of the night, however, as the Mountaineers came back once again.

Near the 70:00 mark, sophomore Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) crossed the ball into the box from the right side of the field; Biggers was there to meet it and sent it to the back of the cage to make it a 2-2 affair.

Biggers got her second to go soon after on another ball sent in from the right side; it bounced around and off players from both teams before the SVC junior punched it in for the 3-2 edge.

The Mountaineers could not sustain the upper hand, however, with Stedman tying it up with 14:38 on the clock. She, again, fought through her opposition and then fired a well-placed shot into the upper-right corner of the frame.

The match went to extra sessions with only one Southern Vermont shot being put on goal through the ensuing 33 minutes. The Mountaineers came close to walking out with the win with 1:44 left to go, but a take from the left edge of the box by junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) glanced off the far-side post to the relief of the Wildcats.