CNU Ties Kean in Captains Classic Finale, 1-1
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- For the second straight day, the Christopher Newport University women's soccer team played into overtime in the annual Captains Classic, and was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Kean University Cougars (2-2-1). Senior Emma O'Reilly became the first Captain in program history to reach the 40-goal plateau when she headed home the first goal of the contest.
O'Reilly and the rest of the CNU offense appeared in control during the first half, getting a host of solid chances on net. The Captains (2-1-1) outshot the Cougars 13-4 in the opening stanza, including the go-ahead tally in the 18th minute. Midfielder Lindsay Mondloch played a high-bounding pass into the box, where the Kean goalkeeper saw it bounce over her outstretched hands right to the center of the goal mouth. O'Reilly was ready and waiting, and poked in the goal with a soft header.
The score was her third of the season, and gives her 40 in her career. The Captains' all-time leading scorer is the first women's player to reach the plateau in program history.
The lead would hold up through halftime, as CNU's defense allowed just four shots in the frame. Kean put two on-goal, but rookie Haley Casanova turned both attempts away for the Captains.
Early in the second half, though, the Cougars broke through on a set of nice passes. Jordyn Bronsky got by her defender in the left corner and played a beautiful cross into the box, collected by Kendyll Stahlin. Stahlin added a one-touch pass across the goal to Sam Marchetti, who powered it in from about eight yards out.
Both teams had missed opportunities down the stretch, with each team getting four shots on-frame in the second half. With the game tied at one goal apiece, neither team was able to capitalize in the extra periods and the game finished in a draw.
Casanova finished with six saves in goal for the Captains, allowing the one goal in 110 minutes of action. Samantha Blair had a similar line, stopping seven shots in the full game's worth of action.
CNU forwards Emma O'Reilly and Bupe Okeowo combined for 13 shots in the game, but could only put three on goal. Junior Joy Piirto added five shots, with three on-goal. The Captains outshot Kean in the game, 24-13.
CNU returns to action on Wednesday, September 11 as they travel to Virginia Wesleyan College (3-0-1) for a 7:30 pm start.