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LaCouture Scores Twice as Late Rally Helps Women's Soccer Battle To 3-3 Draw

Gretta LaCouture netted a pair of goals Sunday for the Bonnies at UMass-Lowell. (Photo: Ed Marra)
Gretta LaCouture netted a pair of goals Sunday for the Bonnies at UMass-Lowell. (Photo: Ed Marra)

Three Keys To The Game

  • Senior Gretta LaCouture scored the first two goals of her career to power the Bonnies' attack
  • UMass-Lowell tallied three unanswered second half goals
  • St. Bonaventure scored twice in the final 12 minutes of regulation to force overtime

LOWELL, Mass. – Sunday's non-conference match for the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team at UMass-Lowell opened with a scoreless first 45 minutes lacking in much of any solid scoring chances.

The first half told little of what was to come.

St. Bonaventure (0-2-2) and UMass-Lowell (0-2-2) combined for six second half goals and exchanged strong opportunities in extra time before settling for a 3-3 draw.

Senior Gretta LaCouture was at the head of the attack for the Bonnies, putting the visitors on the board first. She received a cross through the box from freshman Ryan Kunkle and proceeded to drop a chip shot over the goalie's head for a 1-0 advantage in the 53rd minute.

The Riverhawks would answer right back, however, when Emily Nelson scored just 3:04 later.

That goal opened a string of three unanswered goals for the Riverhawks as they took the lead with work by Kristi Birgisdottir in the 73rd minute as she worked around a defender to create a clean look and finished far post from 15 yards out with a low liner and a 2-1 lead.

When Chaima Khammar scored at the 77:16 mark, it looked like the hosts would sail to victory ahead, 3-1.

The Bonnies had other ideas.

LaCouture scored again just 39 seconds after Khammar's goal as she drove a shot into the center of the net to bring the Bonnies within a goal.

As the seconds ticked away, Bona would find the equalizer.

Isabelle LaBarbera created the scoring play with a breakaway on the far side. She followed with a quick shot attempt that was knocked away but not out by the Riverhawks keeper. Following the play, Sabrina Sousa-Sampson collected the rebound and punched it in from point-blank range for the tie with 78 seconds left in regulation.

Sousa-Sampson nearly gave the Bonnies the win late in the first overtime when a free kick deflected in front and gave the junior a lane on goal before her shot attempt was blocked. In the 104th minute, she again was on the attack as a corner kick by Emily Foltz went directly to Sousa-Sampson in the center of the box where she whistled a beautiful header attempt just barely over the crossbar.

The Riverhawks had their chances in extra time as well. Maddie Mason made multiple game-saving plays defensively for St. Bonaventure, including in the first overtime when she got inside position on Katelyn Vieira's rush toward the net. Another blocked shot by Mason in the second overtime denied the hosts once more.

In the 105th minute, a shot from the far wing was blocked by Bona keeper Lauren Malcolm who then corralled a loose ball right in front just before an attacker could take advantage.

Malcolm finished with eight saves for St. Bonaventure.

The Bonnies return to action on home turf Friday night when they face Wright State at 7 p.m. on the Marra Athletics Complex field.

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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