Last-Second Penalty Kick Sinks Chargers at Franklin Pierce

Charger Athletics

RINDGE, N.H. – Franklin Pierce converted a penalty kick with just six seconds remaining in regulation to sneak past the visiting University of New Haven women’s soccer team, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Rindge. Amanda Hathaway (Stillwater, N.Y./Stillwater) and Lucy Francisco (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence ) scored goals for the Chargers.

With the loss, the Chargers fall to 7-4-1 on the season with an even 4-4-1 Northeast-10 record. The Ravens improve to 6-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 in conference play after the last-second victory.

Franklin Pierce took a 2-0 lead into the intermission on a pair of goals by Talita Pereira (9’, 24’), but the Chargers battled back with a pair of second-half tallies.

Hathaway’s first career marker got New Haven on the board in the 63rd minute. Marisa Garcia’s shot attempt was knocked down but not controlled by Ravens’ goalkeeper Casey Edward, and Hathaway headed home the rebound to cut the margin to 2-1.

The equalizer came off the foot of Francisco in the 79th minute. Once again, the goal came on a rebound as Alexa Seidenfeld’s shot hit the crossbar and deflected to Francisco, who redirected it into the net.

Francisco’s 21st career goal – her fifth of 2012 – moves her into a tie for fifth-place all-time at New Haven. The senior also ranks seventh all-time in points as a Charger with 54.

Garcia’s assist was her fifth of the fall, and Seidenfeld’s helper was her first of the season and her career.

The match seemed headed for overtime, but a hand-ball in the box called on the Chargers resulted in a penalty kick awarded to Franklin Pierce with 89:54 on the clock. Aya Noguchi converted the try to give the home team a 3-2 decision.

Natasha Purchla (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) made eight saves for New Haven, while Edward stopped 11 shots for the Ravens.

Action returns to Kayo Field with a two-match homestand against Adelphi on Oct. 10 and Saint Michael’s on Oct. 13.