Bears Open Season with 1-1 Tie

Katie Clark
Katie Clark

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard opened the season at home with a 1-1 draw with William Patterson in an afternoon game played at the Coast Guard Academy.

With the tie the Bears start off the season 0-0-1 as the Pioneers move to 1-0-1.

This is the first overtime game for Coast Guard since a 2-1 double overtime loss to Emerson on October 24, 2015 and the first tie since October 28, 2014 when the Bears tied Wellesley 1-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Coast Guard possessed the ball early in the game as senior Terry Netusil settled a ball at the top of William Patterson's 18 yard box and sent a volley towards goal, but was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Angela Sandelli.

Netusil would get involved in the attack again as she took a pass from freshman Claire Hurley at the top of the box and put a shot on goal. Her shot however was saved once again by Sandelli.

In the 23rd minute Hurley took an opportunity as Senior Brianna Grisell split the defense with a pass to put Hurley in on goal. Hurley took a shot from the right side but Sandelli came sliding out to make the save and knock the ball out for a corner.

The Pioneers put their first shot on goal midway through the first half as freshman Marisa Adelman got free down the left side and came charging into the Bear's penalty box. She attempted a shot, but sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boohar sprawled to her right making the save and pushing the ball harmlessly out of play.

Less than a minute after that save William Patterson would strike as junior Adrianna Oliveira's corner found freshman Lorraine Moffit in the six yard box for a one touch shot and goal, her first of the season with 26:33 remaining in the half.

Coast Guard responded right before the end of the half as Hurley once again got free on the right side of the Pioneer's penalty box and put a shot on goal. Her shot beat Sandelli but knocked off the cross bar and back into play. Junior Michelle Hernandez was their however to meet the rebound and knock home the tying goal for the first goal of the season and her career. This is the first year Hernandez has come out for the soccer team.

William Patterson attempted to take a lead into the half as Adelman hit a shot on goal again but Boohar was up to the task as she dove to her right and pushed the ball out of play.

The Bear's came out strong again in the second half with Junior Gabby Auzenbergs' cross finding Netusil in the middle of the Pioneers 18 yard box just under ten minutes into the period. Her shot looked headed for the right corner but Sandelli was able to make a diving finger tip save and knock the ball outside the post.

Auzenberg would once again send another cross in from the left all the way to the back post for sophomore Kali Borden. Borden put a header back across goal to the foot of senior Katie Clark who blasted a shot but was blocked by a William Patterson defender.

Adelman continued to use her speed through the second half for the Pioneers as she snuck in behind the Coast Guard defense again. Her touch however was too large and a sliding Boohar was able to knock the ball away from Adelman to snuff out the attack. 

Neither team was able to break the deadlock and headed to overtime. In the first extra period Adelamn again tested Boohar with a shot but Boohar corralled the shot and held it for her fourth save of the game in the 93rd minute.

Coast Guard had their best opportunity to win the game in the second overtime as Borden passed the ball to Clark on the right side of the Pioneer's penalty box. Clark shielded the ball past her defender and sent a shot on goal that beat Adelman but was just wide of the right post.

Both teams traded one more shot in the final stanza as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Boohar made five saves on six shots on goal starting the season at 0-0-1. It is the first tie of her career.

Sandelli made 10 saves on 11 shots on goal pushing her record to 1-0-1 on the season and keeping William Patterson unbeaten on the young season.

Coast Guard plays their next three games on the road as they travel to Nichols College on Tuesday, September 6 for midweek nonconference game. Kickoff is 4:00 pm.