Women’s Soccer Ties Haverford 1-1

Dickinson women’s soccer settled for a 1-1 tie after a heart-wrenching double-overtime game against Haverford on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Red Devils sent the game into overtime with a late goal and kept the pressure on for both 10-minute periods of regulation overtime. This draw came right after a Wednesday, Sept. 11 2-0 victory over Shenandoah University.

Nicole Fronsdahl ’16 led Dickinson offense against Shenandoah with a goal and an assist. She assisted Rosalin Savoie ‘14 on a first-half goal and scored on her own in the second half. The fairly even stat sheet does little to portray the Red Devils’ dominance against their out-of-conference contender. Dickinson held a 13-10 advantage in shots and a slight 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Charlotte Armour ’16 held down the backfield and tallied four saves for the Red Devils in net.

Haverford was ranked third in the conference entering this season. The matchup was both teams’ first Centennial Conference game of the year. Haverford played with a relentless attacking game, outshooting the Red Devils 9-6 in the first half and 11-5 in the second half for a total of 25-13. Armour knocked away 6 corner kicks while Dickinson’s offense generated only one.

Armour made seven saves on the day, including grabbing a header midway through the second overtime that would have ended the game had it gotten past her. Three of her seven saves came in the first overtime period, where Harverford controlled possession inside the Red Devils’ zone. While Haverford had several shots, the defense did a nice job of misdirecting the Fords’ shots and limiting the angles they had on the goal. The defense is led by Chelsea Johnson ‘14 and Kerri Bergin ’15.

With just under four minutes of regulation play to go, Cate Maugle ’15 launched a perfect ball to teammate Kerri Bergin, who knocked it in to tie the game at the 3:42 mark.

Both teams battled out the twenty minutes of sudden death overtime but walked away with a 1-1 draw. Conference rules do not allow teams to play out beyond double overtime in the regular season. Haverford has already become accustomed to overtime play this season; they now stand 0-2-3 after Saturday’s match.

Despite more non-conference wins than many teams ahead of them, the draw puts Dickinson in fifth place in the conference standings at 0-0-1. Their next Centennial match-up will be at Swarthmore College on Saturday, Sept. 21. Dickinson stands at 4-1-1 currently and will play at Alvernia University, a non-conference opponent, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Last season, Swarthmore defeated Dickinson 1-0 on Oct. 11 via an early first half goal. Dickinson returns five of the eleven starters from last season’s game against the Garnet. This is the beginning of a tough stretch in the schedule for Dickinson as they follow up Swarthmore with Messiah and Muhlenberg. Messiah is 5-2 and Muhlenberg is 3-2-1.