Seahawks and Bison battle through double overtime for 1-1 tie

Galla gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead with her first half goal

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols Bison and visiting Salve Regina Seahawks played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's soccer match on Tuesday night. Nichols evens out at 4-5-2 on the season and improves to 2-2-2 in the conference, while the Seahawks move to 10-3-1 overall and 5-0-1 in CCC action.
 
The match was evenly played with Nichols leading a pair of categories. On the day, the Bison held a 21-18 advantage on shots and a 5-2 edge on corner kicks. Sophomore Jessica Lane (Marshfield, Mass.) stopped six shots for Salve Regina including one with 26 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.  Junior Maureen Lynch (Holbrook, Mass.) collected five saves for the hosts, all in regulation.
 
Seahawk senior Jackie Lee (North Reading, Mass.) sent the ball to classmate Liz Galla (Beacon Falls, Conn.) who took advantage of her second one-on-one opportunity in 91 seconds to aim the ball to the lower left of the net for her ninth goal of the season at 32:01.

Nichols outshot the Seahawks 8-6 in the opening stanza while Salve Regina was awarded both corner kick chances.
 
Nichols senior Maria DiTommaso (Rindge, N.H.) netted the equalizer in the 65th minute off a feed from first-year Alyssa Tosti (Douglas, Mass.). The senior now has a goal in each of the past two matches.
 
With the contest knotted at 1-1, each team had a pair of chances to pull ahead before sending the contest into overtime. In the 80th minute Bison senior Chelsea Shaughnessy (Halifax, Mass.) booted a long ball from just outside the center circle that repelled off the crossbar. Salve Regina's best opportunity came with 3:54 as junior Kaitlyn Birrell (Hope, R.I.) eluded three Bison players to fire a shot at Lynch who was in position to scoop up the ball and make the save. Nichols maintained a 10-6 margin in the shot column and would take four corner kicks in the second half.
 
In the extra sessions, Salve Regina outshot the Bison 6-3 while Nichols had the only corner opportunity. Lane preserved the stalemate as she stopped a DiTommaso shot in the 110th minute.
 
Nichols ventures to Bay Path in East Longmeadow, Mass. tomorrow for a 3 p.m. match that was originally scheduled for September 15th. Salve Regina hosts the University of New England on Saturday in a CCC men's and women's doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Nichols Information