ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Senior Lauren Hill sent the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team to a thrilling Atlantic 10 overtime victory over visiting Rhode Island, 4-3, at a wet, windy Marra Athletics Field Complex with her game-winning goal in the 99th minute.
Hill's deciding tally gave her a pair of scores on Thursday night. Freshman Alex Pochop tallied her first career point, assisting on the game winner.
Rhode Island struck first as Madison Waldron headed Katrin Gylfadottir's free kick into the goal in at the 14:35 mark.
The Bonnies tied it up just seconds later as Stephanie Jenkins crossed it from the left side of the box and connected on the ground with Maiello, who one-timed the ball to the back of the Rhody net to tie the score at 1-1.
St. Bonaventure pushed the rest of the half as several scoring opportunities were halted by the Rhode Island defense, sending the teams to halftime in a 1-1 deadlock.
The Brown and White hit the ground running in the second half. Three minutes into the period, Maiello rang a shot off the right post and Hill cleaned it up by poking the loose ball into the open net to give the Bonnies a 2-1 lead.
Rhode Island tied it up at the 51:59 mark as Taylor Ross rocketed one from about 44 yards out.
In the 61st minute, Rhode Island's Ari Stanton tipped the score and gave the Rams a 3-2 lead. Stanton dribbled through the Bona defense before hammering it home past the charging SBU keeper.
Maiello knotted the score at three at the 69:36 mark as Danielle Vis fed her a pass through the Rams defense, setting up a one-on-one with the keeper, won by Maiello.
The tie would hold through the remainder of the regulation, and the game went into sudden-death overtime.
In the overtime period, Pochop crossed in on the ground to Hill, who scored her second goal of the game to give the Bonnies a 4-3 win in extra time.
Inside The Stats/Game Notes:
- The Bonnies outshot Rhode Island by an 8-4 margin in the first half. Five of the Bona shots went on goal, while all four Rams shots were on goal.
- With two goals, Maiello now has a team-leading nine on the season. Hill now has six goals on the year.
- Thursday's game featured three ties and three lead changes.
- The Bonnies' four goals are the most scored by the Brown and White this season.
- This is the fourth overtime game for the Bonnies this season, and their first OT win. They are 1-1-2 on the season in overtime games.
- The seven total goals scored Thursday are the most scored at St. Bonaventure since Sept. 21, 2012 when the Bonnies defeated Niagara, 4-3.
Up Next: The Bonnies have three consecutive road games. To start the road trip, SBU will travel to Saint Louis on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:00 p.m.
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