WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Liz Shaievitz (Lynnfield, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team scored with only five seconds left in regulation, sending the Hawks to a 2-1 road win over the University of New Haven on Tuesday.
After trailing 1-0 through the first 84 minutes of play, Saint Anselm scored back-to-back goals in the final five minutes to earn its first conference win of the season and improve to 4-1-2 and 1-1-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
Junior Nicole White (Danvers, Mass.) stunned the Chargers in the 87th minute, stealing the ball from a defender and then driving to the top of the box where she sent a low line drive toward goal. Her shot trickled under the goalkeeper's legs to notch the game at one.
Saint Anselm sent a flurry of shots toward the New Haven goal after White's game-tying strike, but the Hawks set up a final play before overtime. With under 10 seconds to go, Conti sent a long pass from midfield to the attacking Shaievitz who tapped the ball to the right corner of the goal. Her shot snuck past the goalkeeper's arms to send the Hawks into celebration.
"I am proud of our group's resiliency today," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "They have shown the ability to come from behind multiple times in our short season, which grows our confidence. On a day where we lost a few student-athletes to injury and lacked the quality needed in the final third, they never stopped pushing forward. Any point is hard to come by in the NE10. Historically, New Haven has been a difficult place to play for us and today was no different."
The game was scoreless until the Chargers broke the drought in the 56th minute with a goal by Megan Georges to provide New Haven with a 1-0 lead.
Saint Anselm had numerous chances to score before its two goals. Senior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) fired a shot in the lower right hand corner in the 66th minute that was stopped by Paige Davis. Later in the second half, junior Suzanne Cotter (Acton, Mass.) rifled off a shot that nearly went in but a defender stopped it at the line.
Junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded three saves in her fourth win of the season.
Despite trailing for most of the second half, the Hawks finished with a 21-8 shots advantage, including 14 Saint Anselm shots on net.
The Hawks return to Melucci Field on Saturday, Sept. 28 as they host Le Moyne at 12 p.m.