Siobhan Nolan, Staff
The women’s soccer team spent Senior Day the right way, taking a dramatic double-overtime win in their match against UMass.
La Salle would nab the first scoring chance of the game, with Shea Collins making a brilliant run down the field in the 22nd minute. Collins would then find Molly O’Brien, who would pass the ball off to Kelli McGroarty, whose shot would be on target, but saved by the UMass goalie.
After going into halftime 0-0, the Explorers would draw first blood, taking the lead in the 52nd minute of play. Senior Camaren Cox would bring the ball up the left side of the field to find freshman Haley Gschrey, whose shot would make it into the far left side of the net to put La Salle ahead 1-0.
The game remained largely defensive from that point on, but the Minutewomen would eventually get an equalizer late in the game. Olivia Gouldsbury found Macy Graves, who headed the ball past La Salle goalie Jordyn Stallard to even the scoreboard at 1-1.
As the game went into its first period of overtime, Mary Kate Vinkler stayed on the ball to try and assist another Gschrey goal, but the freshman wasn’t able to capitalize on the chance.
Although Gschrey’s chance didn’t work out, the Explorers would enjoy the game-winner, thanks to another excellent play by Cox. The senior assisted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute, sending a perfectly timed ball to McGroarty, who sent the ball straight past the opposing goalkeeper to seal the win for Blue & Gold in double overtime.
In addition to their win, the Explorers enjoyed outshooting the Minutewomen 18-12, along with sharing the corner kicks five apiece. Gschrey was the main part of the La Salle attack, recording five shots on goal, while Stallard had a stellar eight saves.