Western New England clinches home game for first round of CCC Tournament on Saturday
BRISTOL, R.I. (October 23, 2018) – The Western New England University women's soccer team equalized late in regulation before settling for a 1-1 draw with Roger Williams University on Tuesday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Bayside Field.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) made six saves, including two in the second overtime period, to preserve the draw for the Golden Bears.
Roger Williams senior forward Raleigh LeMiere-Barnes (Los Angeles, Calif.) put the Hawks ahead with a penalty kick goal in the first half.
Roger Williams struck first in the 16th minute, as the Hawks were awarded a penalty kick and LeMiere-Barnes converted the opportunity for her fifth goal of the season.
Western New England put a pair of shots on goal in the 18th minute, but the attempts by Sordi and freshman Allison Bruehwiler (Old Saybrook, Conn.) were both saved by Roger Williams freshman goalkeeper Morgan Strassburg (Longmeadow, Mass.).
Bruehwiler had another chance to tie the contest in the 31st minute when she fired a shot off the crossbar, but the Hawks maintained their 1-0 edge at halftime.
Still trailing in the late stages of the game, Western New England finally broke through in the 81st minute when Sordi beat Strassburg off a corner kick by Murphy.
Strassburg made one save in the first overtime period, and Lemekha stopped both of the shots she faced over the final ten minutes as the contest ended in a 1-1 draw.
• Roger Williams outshot Western New England 14-13 and the Hawks held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
• Tuesday's contest marked Western New England's eighth overtime game this season.
Western New England (8-7-3, 4-1-3 CCC) will open the CCC Tournament at home on Saturday as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, depending on the result of the Gordon-Curry contest, which was suspended on Tuesday with the game tied 1-1 in the second half. The match is set to resume on Wednesday. Roger Williams (7-10-1, 4-3-1 CCC) will be on the road Saturday as the No. 5 seed.