GORHAM, ME – Morrisville State women's soccer opened the 2018 season Friday afternoon with a thrilling overtime victory over Thomas (ME) in the first round of the Southern Maine University tournament, held in Gorham, Maine.
Both teams played to a scoreless tie until the 69th minute when Thomas broke through the Mustang defense and posted the game's first tally. Katherine Hoving carried the ball down the left hand side of the field and beat two defenders as she buried the ball into the back of the net past relief keeper Lydia Young (Cuyler, N.Y.).
Maintaining the 1-0 advantage, Morrisville State was able to net the equalizing score in the 82nd minute off an unassisted goal from sophomore Jade Shimer (Canastota, N.Y.), forcing the overtime period.
Thomas, who had 10 second half shots, was held scoreless for the remainder of the contest, as Young turned away three in their attempt to post the winner.
Starting keeper Brianna Sorriento (Wynantskill, N.Y.) returned to net for the extra frame. Sorriento collected the win in net, after posting two saves in the opening half.
In the 100th minute, freshman Angelina Rinaldi (Huntington Station, N.Y.) served the ball over the top of the defense and sophomore Shay Franklin (North Norwich, N.Y.) ran onto the ball, rifling the game winning tally past the Thomas keeper on the left.
Kayla Gordon registered the loss in net, making six saves.
Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow, playing host Southern Maine University in an 11 a.m. contest.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.