Manchester, N.H. (August 26, 2007) – Freshman Kiki Day (Denver, Colo.) tapped home a rebound with two seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lift the Saint Leo women’s soccer team (1-1) to a 2-1 overtime win over Saint Anselm College (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Melucci Field in Manchester, N.H.
The Lions took advantage of a free kick from Evelina Viiri (Jr., Heby, Sweden), which resulted in a goalmouth scramble. After one shot ricocheted back off the post, Day pounced to tap it home for her first career goal, beating the clock and handing the Lions their first win of the year.
The score was tied 0-0 at half-time, despite the home side being awarded a penalty in the 26th minute. However, the spot kick was put off the left post by Jennifer Pearl.
In the second half, the Lions took advantage of a miscue by Hawks’ goalkeeper Jackie Cooney, as Hannah Beard (So., Liverpool, England) took the ball from the ‘keeper and then slotted into an empty net to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute. Saint Anselm tied the match in the 75th minute when a free kick was scrambled home by Pearl.
Neither side was able to find a winner before the conclusion of regulation, forcing the extra time. When it appeared as though the game would need a second extra-time, the Lions were awarded a free kick midway inside the Hawks’ half and with time winding down, Day was able to pass it across the goal-line for the game-winner.
Saint Leo will open its home schedule next Sunday, September 2, as the Lions will host the University of West Florida in a rematch of the 2006 South Region Semifinal. Kick-off for the match is set for 12:30 p.m. at University Field.