PRINCETON, N.J – The William and Mary women’s soccer team battled Princeton to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Roberts Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
William and Mary, which is unbeaten in its last seven matches, moves to 3-1-4 on the season, while Princeton goes to 3-1-2 on the season.
The Tribe offense started off strong, scoring the game’s first goal in just the eighth minute of the match. Following a foul, sophomore Nicole Baxter fired a shot on the free kick, putting W&M up 1-0. The tally was the first of the season for Baxter.
Princeton first chance came in the 10th minute. Jessica Haley put a shot on frame, but sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey came up with her first save of the day.
In the 18th minute, Baxter just missed her second goal of the day. Off of a corner kick, the Pennington, N.J. native fired a shot, but it hit off the crossbar and deflected out of play.
At the end of the first half, W&M held a 1-0 lead. However Princeton held a 8-5 advantage in shots, as well as a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Baxter had the Green and Gold’s first chance of the second half in the 53rd minute. Her shot was on target, but saved by Hargadon.
Princeton fought for the equalizer, taking for shots in a six minute span. However all four shots were not on goal.
In the 82nd minute, Princeton found the equalizer. Gabrielle Ragazzo collected a loose ball the top left corner of the box and fired the ball into the right corner of the net. The tally knotted the score, 1-1.
William and Mary and Princeton each had a chance in the first overtime. W&M’s came first in the 93rd minute, when sophomore Katie Johnston’s shot when wide right. Princeton’s Nicole Loncar put a shot on frame, but Casey made the stop.
The Tigers controlled the second overtime period, firing the only three shots of the stanza. Tyler Lussi put a shot on frame in the 101st minute, but Casey came up with the stop for the Tribe. Again in the 105th minute, Melissa Downey put a shot on frame, but again Casey stood strong, making the save.
Casey finished the match with six saves for William and Mary. On the offensive side, Baxter recorded a team-high four shots, with two on goal.
Six of the College’s eight matches have gone to overtime this season. The Green and Gold have posted a 1-1-4 record in extra-time this season. William and Mary holds the NCAA record for overtime matches in a single-season with 11 back in 2005.
W&M opens its Colonial Athletic Association schedule on the road at James Madison. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.