Bears, Pioneers Play to 1-1 Draw

Rachel Boohar
Rachel Boohar

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard played in their seventh overtime game of the season tying Smith 1-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Friday night to kick off homecoming weekend.

With the tie the Bear's record moves to 3-3-4 overall and 0-1-2 in the conference. The Pioneer's record goes to 7-1-3 on the year and 1-1-1 in the NEWMAC.

Coast Guard got on the board first as freshman Madeleine Khoilian was taken down in the Smith penalty box drawing a penalty kick for the Bears early in the first half. Freshman Claire Hurley stepped up and placed a shot into the right corner for her team leading fourth goal of the year at the 9:49 mark.

The Pioneers let little time pass to tie the score as senior Innis Hitt found senior Jackie Foody with a pass towards the touch line on the right side of Coast Guard's penalty box. Foody one timed a pass to senior Emily Smith who touched a shot into the near post for her seventh goal of the year.

Much of the game was played in the center of the park the rest of the way as neither team could break either defense. 

The Bear's had the best opportunity in the 80th minute as Hurley got free down the left side and snuck a pass across the front of Smith's goal. Senior Brianna Grisell met the cross and one timed a shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Shelby Hall however came sliding in and just touched the ball wide defusing the attack. 

Coast Guard did not allow a single shot in either overtime period and managed four of their own but could not find the back of the net as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Sophomore Rachel Boohar (3-3-4) made two saves on three shots on goal. Boohar leads the conference with 71 saves on the year and is third with a .845 save percentage. 

Hall (4-1-3) made eight saves on nine shots on goal. Hall is fourth in the NEWMAC with a .841 save percentage. 

The Bear's are back in action on Tuesday, October 4th when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts for key NEWMAC game against WPI. Kickoff is 7:00.