September 25, 2010

Lyndon falls to Husson in double-overtime

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Amanda Gifford punched home Michelle Manning's corner kick 1:43 into double overtime to lift the Husson University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Lyndon in opening day action in the North Atlantic Conference.

Manning gave Husson a 1-0 lead 21:51 into the first half off an assist from Kayleigh Piccirillo. The Hornets knotted the score at 1-1 less than 10 minutes later when Hillary Bonasera (Chelsea, Vt.) scored her second goal of the season at 30:08.

Husson dominated play for most of the contest, but could not find the back of the net behind Lyndon goalkeeper Samantha Smith (North Haverill, N.H.). After a scoreless 10-minute overtime session, Manning teed up the ball for a corner kick early in double-overtime.

The kick sailed across the Lyndon goal mouth and found its way to Gifford who redirected the ball toward the net. Despite the efforts of two Hornet defenders, the ball managed to roll across the goal line for the game-winner.

Husson keeper Rozlyn Petersen made two saves to earn the victory while Smith stopped 16 shots in the contest. The Eagles had 29 shots in the game and Lyndon managed six.