Potsdam women take tourney in double overtime
Junior midfielder Rylie Murray scored on a penalty kick to lift the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (4-1) over Montclair State (1-1-2) 3-2 in double overtime in the second round of the New England College Tournament.
The victory gives the Bears their second tournament title in as many weekends. Junior midfielder Brooke Falsion scored twice for the Bears, including an equalizer late in the second half. Montclair State controlled the play early in the contest, creating a 8-2 advantage in shots, but could not get anything on the board in the first 35 minutes.
At the 39:08 mark, Red Hawks sophomore forward Emily Beenders passed from the left side of the box to junior defenseman Michaela Knoblock, who broke the tie with a shot to the top right of the net. Montclair State shut down the Bears for the rest of the half, keeping the 1-0 lead. In the 51st minute, senior defender Samantha Hubinsky booted a corner kick to the opposite side of the box where Falsion headed it in, tying the game.
Nearly 16 minutes later, Beenders got her second assist, finding sophomore midfielder Maddy McLelland in the box to give the Red Hawks the lead.
Montclair State's defense held off Potsdam for the next 20 minutes. At 88:45, Murray blasted a free kick at Red Hawks junior goalie Molly Barrow. Barrow tipped the ball into the air to Falsion, who buried it and sent the game to overtime.
Neither team was able to capitalize in the first overtime. A little over one minute in the second overtime Beenders took a shot, but Bears sophomore goalie Delphine Léonard, was able to secure the save.
At the 106:12 mark, Montclair State committed a foul inside its defensive box, allowing the Bears a penalty kick. Murray drove it home, securing the 3-2 victory. Léonard finished with nine saves, while Barrow stopped one shot. With her two goals, Falsion moves into sixth place on the all-time scoring list with 49 points on 22 goals and five assists. Murray now ranks 16th with 28 points on seven goals and 14 assists.
The Bears are back in action Tuesday when they face crosstown rival Clarkson at 7 p.m. at MaxcyTurf Field.
SUNY Potsdam Sports Information - Photo by Becca Carlson