By JUSTIN RIMPI
On Sept. 23, 2018, the FDU Women’s Soccer team contest against Mt. St. Mary’s was a double-overtime thriller that ended 1-1. This was their NEC conference opener for the season.
The Knight’s only goal of the afternoon came in the 25th minute when Sofia Albertsson knocked one into the back of the net from 30 yards out.
Mt. St. Mary’s scored their only goal on a free kick in the 49th minute on a foul from sophomore Alyssa Caggiano.
After that goal it became a frustrating afternoon for the team and Head Coach Eric Teepe.
“It really was disappointing. This was a game from the conference standpoint that we had to win,” said Teepe, “We can’t allow losses like this happen. One more loss like this and it makes making the playoffs very difficult.”
The Knights had 22 shots, and 7 on goal in this game.
The Knight’s best opportunity to get another goal was when senior Elma Kolenovic fired a shot wide right of the goal after a cross by Albertsson, in the 22nd minute.
They were only able to convert on one of them.
“We should have won this game in overtime,” said Teepe, “We had more than enough chances to win the game, but we were unable to get it done. We have to take advantage of these opportunities.”
The Knights controlled the tempo offensively giving themselves opportunities, but they could not get their shots into the net.
This loss brings the Knights record to 2-6-3 on the season and 0-0-1 in conference. This game was the start of a crucial stretch of games for the Knights because they would like to make the NEC Tournament for the third year in a row.
Junior goalkeeper Amanda Fitzgerald saved five shots on the afternoon to earn her team a draw.
“We certainly played well enough in the last five or six games to have a better record,” said Teepe, “Unfortunately, that is not what happened. We have to clean it up and take advantage of our opportunities.”
“It is possible the team was looking forward to next week’s game, and we overlooked this game,” said Teepe.
The Knight’s defense held steady in the second period of overtime, and did not allow Mt. St. Mary’s to get any shots off in the abbreviated 10-minute overtime period. Once that transpired, the result was final.
The Knight’s get back on the pitch Friday Sept. 28 when they travel to Connecticut to play CC.