Women’s Soccer Falls 2-1 In Close Decision
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Marist women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Seton Hall Wednesday evening in a close match. Junior Amanda Epstein (Jericho, N.Y.) scored the lone goal for the Red Foxes in the second minute of the game. Andrea Wicks (East Northport, N.Y.) recorded nine saves.
Marist didn’t hesitate to put points on the board, scoring at the 1:15 mark of the game. Pirates’ goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew, who had a 297-minute shutout streak at home, kicked away a loose ball that was intercepted by Epstein. She chipped the ball over Pettigrew’s head for the 1-0 lead.
Seton Hall responded off a corner kick in the 18th minute to tie the game 1-1. Frankie Maier received the kick and made a short pass to Kaitlyn Ritter at the top of the box. She placed a hard shot past an outreached Wicks for the goal.
Marist recorded four shots and four saves heading into halftime. Seton Hall recorded nine and one, respectively.
The ball crossed midfield several times during the second half, with 12 shots from the Red Foxes and eight from the Pirates. Rycke Guiney (Naperville, Ill.) hit a powerful shot from outside the box in the 92nd minute that barely missed, deflecting off the post. Regulation ended in a draw, 1-1.
A lot of back-and-forth play in the first overtime period resulted in no goals. Wicks made a phenomenal diving save off a close range shot in the 99th minute to keep the period scoreless.
Less than one minute into the second overtime, Pirates’ Alexis Urbanski headed the ball over a charging Wicks off a cross from Maier to earn a 2-1 victory.
Marist returns home for its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game of the season against Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Tenney Stadium. Saturday’s matchup is also the fourth annual Pink Out game for the Red Foxes, supporting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.