Pirates Open BIG EAST Play With Draw At DePaulDate: September 23, 2017
By: Christopher Russo
The Seton Hall women’s soccer team opened Big East play with a 1-1 draw at DePaul on Saturday afternoon.
DePaul seemed like they would be able to triumph with goal by freshman Morgan Turner in the 25th minute, and outshooting the Pirates 12-6 in regulation, but Seton Hall’s quiet offense finally struck with three and a half minutes left in the second half.
Senior Andrea Palermo fed a high cross-field pass to the box, where sophomore Cassy Harrigan headed home the game-tying goal, her team-leading second of the season.
The Pirates, though primarily defensive-minded, actually had control of the ball in the two ten-minute overtime periods, outshooting the Blue Demons 3-1 in extra time.
However, SHU could not capitalize on two free kicks inside the attacking half in the second overtime period, and nearly fell in the waning seconds of the final period.
Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Dramis saw her first action of the season at the start of the second half, after starter Anna Maclean collided with DePaul’s Lucy Edwards just before halftime. Maclean played well in spite of the Turner goal, but Dramis made saves when they counted the most.
In the 63rd minute, Dramis made a diving save to rob Megan Frick right on the doorstep, keeping the score, and SHU’s hopes, alive. She also made two spectacular plays in the second overtime period, punching away a ball as DePaul’s Alexa Ben attempted to head one in, and making a spectacular save with 30 seconds left, sprawling across the net on a 2-on-1 to rob Franny Cerny.
The Pirates fought through adversity, be it a winless record to make a strong opening impression in conference play.
The Pirates’ next game is on the road against the Butler Bulldogs on Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m.
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