Chargers Hand Stonehill First Loss in Overtime Thriller

Charger Athletics

EASTON, Mass. – The University of New Haven women’s soccer team continued its recent flair for the dramatic on Saturday, this time besting host Stonehill in overtime, 2-1, on Skyhawk Field. Amber Simms (Southport, England/Southport) scored the game-tying goal in the second half and Marisa Garcia (Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) recorded the golden goal in extra time.

The University of New Haven women’s soccer team bested host Stonehill in overtime, 2-1, on Skyhawk Field.

The Chargers improve to 6-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Northeast-10 after their second-straight overtime victory. The Skyhawks fall from the ranks of the unbeaten to 3-1-2 on the season with a 2-1-2 conference mark.

After an unassisted one-timer by Stonehill’s Maddie Manning in the 17th minute gave the Skyhawks a 1-0 lead that they would carry into the intermission, Simms broke through in the 49th minute to knot the match at 1-1. The sophomore, who scored the golden goal at Le Moyne on Tuesday, collected the rebound from a Nicole Pacapelli (West Haven, Conn./West Haven / Stonehill College) free kick and put it past Stonehill keeper Amy Wheaton.

Simms was the Chargers’ leading scorer with six goals last fall and has added two in her second season in New Haven. The assist credited to Pacapelli is her third of 2012 and the 17th total point of her two-year career in Blue and Gold.

The 1-1 stalemate held into overtime, where Garcia struck with the game-winner in the 97th minute. After a cross attempt was deflected, the freshman beat both Wheaton and a Skyhawk defender to the loose ball and put it in to send New Haven to victory.

Garcia’s first career goal brings her season and career totals to six points.

Natasha Purchla (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) made three saves in goal, and the Charger back row held Stonehill without a shot on goal for the final 57:17 of the match. Wheaton made four saves for the Skyhawks.

Action returns to Kayo Field on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. for a meeting with American International. The match will be broadcast live in high definition and available on most mobile devices on