Women’s Soccer: Aggies Win 2-1 in Double Overtime, Advance to Championship
Nov 06, 2008
The dream season continues.
Emily Perryman scored her second goal of the game with 3:17 remaining in the second overtime to give second-seeded Delaware Valley College a 2-1 triumph over No. 3 Manhattanville College and send the Aggies to the Freedom Conference Championship Game for the first time in program history.
Picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll, Delaware Valley has instead posted a 14-3-1 record (most wins in a single season) and notched its first postseason win in four tries. To do so, the Aggies had to rally late against the defending conference champions and, as a result, will travel to No. 1 seed Eastern University (13-5, 8-0 in the Freedom during the regular season) for the championship game on Saturday. November 8 (1:00 p.m.). The Eagles advanced with a 6-0 rout of fifth-seeded Wilkes University.
The winner of Saturday's game will not only take home their first Freedom championship - Eastern joined the conference this year, - but will also receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs - something that has never been accomplished by a Delaware Valley women's team.
With the clock ticking toward the end of overtime and having penalty kicks determine the winner, the Aggies' Johanna Lovallo sent a pass into the Manhattanville box and Valiant goalkeeper Ali Bromson and Perryman both raced towards it. Bromson got there a split second before Perryman, but her sliding attempt to clear the ball deflected off of Perryman and slowly rolled into the net to set off a wild celebration by Delaware Valley. For Perryman, a two-time all-conference honoree who has struggled through injuries during her career, it was her second tally of the game and her seventh of the season.
Manhattanville (10-10) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as a corner opportunity led to a 1-0 advantage just 71 seconds into the contest. A kick by Kathryn Moore was headed toward the net by Holly Nonis and then deflected off of Lisa Rill and trickled into the net. It was Rill's second goal of the season.
The Valiants then had a golden opportunity to take a two-goal advantage just nine minutes later as Nonis got free for a breakaway. However, Aggie Cortney Bower came up and made the crucial save.
Delaware Valley dominated the rest of the first half and held a 12-3 advantage in shots at the intermission. However, Bromson came up with five saves in the first 45 minutes to maintain the lead.
The Aggies had a great chance to tie the game midway through the second stanza as reigning Freedom Conference Player of the Year Elise Dauber fed the ball to a wide-open Jessica Stahley alone in the box. However, Stahley did not get a lot behind her shot and Bromson made the stop.
Delaware Valley kept the pressure on and, with 7:04 remaining, a Dauber crossing pass into the box was ruled to have been knocked down by a Valiant player with a handball. The result was a penalty shot. Perryman stepped up to take the kick and with, perhaps, the season on the line, drilled a shot into the low, left-hand corner for a 1-1 ballgame.
Manhattanville had a chance to regain the lead with five minutes remaining as a long blast by Moore seemed headed for the top of the net. However, Bower timed her jump correctly and deflected the ball over the net. Neither team had a shot the rest of the way and the game headed into overtime.
In the first overtime, Bromson came up with three big saves for the Valiants while a Dauber shot with 10 seconds to go went wide and the game moved to another extra session. Delaware Valley then had two shots go wide and a corner opportunity in the first two-plus minutes. The second overtime then settled into a midfield battle until Lovallo and Perryman's heroics sent the Aggies to the championship game.
Delaware Valley held a 26-10 advantage in shots and 4-2 edge in corners. Bower was credited with five saves and her 14th win of the year. Bromson was outstanding in defeat as she recorded 14 saves.
The Aggies, who are the number two seed, will now travel to top-seeded Eastern University for the championship game on Saturday, November 8. The game will start at 1:00 p.m. Come out and support the Aggies; to learn more, click here for information. Ticket prices are as follows: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children under 6.
Athletic Information provided courtesy of Matthew Levy, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. To learn more about Women's soccer and other Aggie sports, visit athletics.delval.edu.