Horn-Beating Goal Gives Women's Soccer Draw With Boston University

Sept. 4, 2009

Final Stats
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BALTIMORE - Loyola earned a corner kick with less than 12 seconds remaining in the regulation that started a scrum in front of the goal.

The initial corner kick by Kelly Farrell was punched out of the box by Boston University goalkeeper Annie Tooley. Lauren Norcia held the ball in for the Greyhounds, striking a ball at the top right corner of the 18 that was deflected to the middle of the 8-yard box.

Heather Cooke then headed the ball down to the left side where Gomez knocked the ball across the goal line with one tick remaining on the clock.

Boston University nearly pulled the same stunt at the end of the first overtime. The Terriers cleared the ball, and Taleen Dimirdjian found herself in open space. She slid the ball right-to-left, finding Jessica Luscinski on the left side of the box.

Loyola back Lina Staropoli slid over just enough, forcing Luscinski to shoot from further left than anticipated. Her shot with five seconds left in the period clanged off the post and away from harm.

The Greyhounds had two shots on goal in the first overtime, as Kelly Thomas and Farrell each had shots saved by Tooley. Luscinski's shot was Boston University's only in the first overtime.

Less than four minutes into the second overtime, Luscinski hit a hard shot from the right side of the box, but Brittany Henderson made a diving save to her left.

With under a minute to go, Luscinski found herself one-on-one against Henderson, but her shot from 10 yards out was saved by a one-handed Henderson punch.

Then, off a corner kick, Krista Minto put a header off the crossbar, with five seconds to play, that nearly bounced over the line, but it spun out and Henderson cleared it.

Loyola nearly came up with a golden goal of its own earlier in the period, only to be denied with less than four minutes to play. Gianna Mangione played a ball over the head of Tooley, only to see a Terrier defender clear it off the line before Andrea Toro could get a touch on it.

The Terriers got on the board in the 78th minute to take a 1-0 lead when Emily Pallotta dropped a pass to the top of the box where McClernon took two touches before finishing with a goal from 15 yards out.

Henderson made nine saves for Loyola, while Tooley made five saves for Boston University in the second half, and Janie Reilly made one in the first.

The Greyhounds, now 2-2-1 on the season, continue action at home when they host Lafayette (1-1-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 6.  The Terriers are back on the road when they travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers.