MANCHESTER, N.H. – After 110 minutes of play, the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team played No. 25 Southern New Hampshire University Penmen to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday in a Queen City Cup contest at Penmen Stadium.
With the tie, the Hawks move to 7-2-6 on the year and to 4-2-5 in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Hawks came into the contest ranked seventh in the most recent United Soccer Coaches East Region poll. The Penmen ended the day with a 10-4-1 overall and 7-4-1 record against conference opponents.
With two matches remaining in the regular season, Saint Anselm is tied for sixth in the conference standings with Southern Connecticut State.
After a scoreless 83 minutes of play, junior Suzanne Cotter (Acton, Mass.) put the Hawks on the board with the first goal of the game. A free kick by senior Micaela Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) was put on frame, but not corralled by the SNHU backstop, Hannah Rose. Senior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) was able to corral the loose ball and sent it to her right to a charging Cotter, who roofed the ball over net-front traffic.
The Hawks held a 1-0 advantage for the next six minutes until Jordan Butters put home the equalizer with 52 seconds left on the clock in the second half. After a Hawks foul with time ticking down in the last 90 seconds, a cross was sent in toward goal where it could not be cleared by the Hawks. The ball found its way to Butters, who tied the game in the waning seconds.
Neither team would score in each of the two overtime periods despite seven combined shot attempts. The teams each picked up a point in the annual Queen City Cup standings.
The Penmen had a 21-14 shots advantage after four periods. Junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished the contest with a season-high 10 saves. She posted her highest total since last year when she stopped 11 shots against the Penmen on Sept. 12 in a 1-0 victory. Brittany White recorded two saves in the opening 27 minutes for the Penmen before Rose closed the game with seven stops.
The Hawks look ahead to Saturday, Nov. 2 as they travel to nationally-ranked Stonehill for a 2 p.m. matchup.