Women’s Soccer Overcomes Late Deficit to Top Becker 2-1

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – After trailing by one late in the game, Southern Vermont College scored twice in the final 10 minutes to defeat Becker College 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer action at the George Helft Soccer Complex.

The match was scoreless until the 72nd minute when the Hawks found the back of the net to go on top. SVC pushed and got an equalizer about 10 minutes later from freshman Maddie Gibney (Albany, N.Y.), and she then converted on a penalty kick opportunity with 3:14 on the clock to pull ahead.

Southern Vermont improves to 4-3 in league play and gets back to .500 on the season with an overall mark of 6-6-2. The Mountaineers are next in action on Saturday when they visit Dean College for a 12:30 p.m. NECC contest.

SVC junior keeper Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) posted three saves in the win (6-5-1)—helping the Mountaineers claim their fifth-straight victory over the Hawks.

Offense was scarce in the opening 45 minutes with Becker taking a 2-1 edge in shots on goal. The second half saw a few solid opportunities, but none of them would amount to anything until there was under 20 minutes to go in the game.

Becker got on the board first when a lofted shot from the right side of the box sailed into the left side of the cage at the 71:06 mark. Southern Vermont picked up its attack in an attempt to tie the match as both time and daylight were dwindling.

Finally, the Mountaineer offense was able to break through and even the score. SVC worked into the Becker end of the field before the ball was sent over to the left side of the pitch in the 81st minute. Gibney fought with a Hawk defender, won it away, and promptly broke into the box; as the Becker keeper came off her line, Gibney slotted home her fifth goal of the year.

The Hawks had a good look at net from about 20 yards out on a free kick during the 83rd minute, but Jarosz was able to turn it away to keep the score locked at 1-1. The next offensive opportunity saw Southern Vermont get into the right side of the box before a Mountaineer was tripped for her team to earn the penalty opportunity. Gibney stepped up and knocked home her second PK of the season—sending her sixth score of the season into the lower-left corner of the frame.

Southern Vermont worked the clock in the waning minutes—preventing Becker from getting any looks on net to secure the win.