WESTON, Mass. – Southern Vermont College will once again host a first-round playoff game of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer postseason tournament after the Mountaineers played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Regis College Saturday afternoon.
The hosting Pride took a 1-0 lead into halftime at Regis Stadium before SVC was able to tie it up in the 70th minute of action. Neither team found the back of the net through the rest of regulation— nor the 20 extra minutes— as they both walked out with the lone league point.
The Mountaineers' first-round opponent for Saturday, October 29 will be determined by results from around the league during Wednesday's final games of regular season action.
SVC moves to 8-5-3 on the year and 5-2-1 in NECC play with the tie at Regis. Southern Vermont concludes the regular season on Wednesday, hosting Bay Path University for a 3 p.m. Conference contest.
Mountaineer freshman Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied the lone SVC goal of the day, her seventh of the year being a huge equalizer in the crucial league tilt.
Southern Vermont junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) notched three saves between the pipes, one coming in the second overtime to help preserve the draw (6-4-1).
RC outshot SVC 5-3 in the opening period, getting one of those takes to go as the Pride scored in the 38th minute for the 1-0 halftime lead.
Regis then took an 8-3 advantage in shots through the second stanza, but it was the one Mountaineer crack that made a difference. Off a corner kick in the 70th minute, a scramble ensued through the box before Biggers was able to connect and put it in the back of the net for the tying tally. A Pride free kick in the 83rd minute would catch the crossbar, much to the relief of the visitors.
RC again hit the post in overtime, but it deflected out of bounds to prove harmless for the Mountaineers. SVC held on and played strong defense to keep Regis out of the net through the overtime periods, securing the important tie which gave the team home-field advantage in the opening round of the upcoming playoff tournament.
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