WATERBURY, Conn. - Sophomore back Meghan Dieterle (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) sent home a free kick 2:55 into overtime for her first collegiate goal, vaulting the Saint Michael's College women's soccer team past Post University, 2-1, on Sunday at LaMoy Field. The Purple Knights are 1-0-1 after their best opening weekend in nine years, while the Eagles fell to 0-2, suffering their second straight extra-time setback.
In the teams' first meeting since 2004, also a Saint Michael's win, Dieterle was joined in the scoring column by sophomore Brett Matzke (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), who also netted her first career goal. Classmate Lindsay St. Pierre (Hooksett, N.H./Manchester Central) made six saves en route to her first college victory. Sophomore Hope Wilson scored for Post, and redshirt junior Cailah Baranowski made eight saves.
Senior forward Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood) drew a foul outside the left corner of the box two minutes into overtime, and on the only shot by either team in the additional session, Dieterle curled home her free kick into the center netting at 92:55. The winner came just minutes after the teams swapped late chances in regulation, with St. Pierre jumping to stop a shot at the 89-minute mark before the visitors fired off two ensuing shots on net, including senior back Nicole DeOrsey's (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) sinking drive from 35 yards that slipped away from Baranowski for a Saint Michael's corner kick that yielded no shots before time expired.
St. Pierre recorded stops in the seventh and eighth minutes to keep the contest scoreless before Saint Michael's went ahead in the 19th minute. Pelon sent a corner kick across the box for Matzke, who headed the ball down and past the outstretched leg of a Post defender at the left post at 18:28. That proved to be the final shot on goal for either team until St. Pierre was pressed into action again in the 49th minute. In the 63rd, Wilson slipped in alone on St. Pierre and tallied into the left netting thanks to first-year Erika Quinones' through ball.
Pelon's 77th-minute corner kick found the head of senior back Andie Devaney (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), who slipped her bid wide, and Baranowski made four saves between the 80th and 85th minutes to keep the teams tied. In between, St. Pierre kept the Eagles off the board again with an 83rd-minute stop, and the teams were deadlocked following 90 minutes of regulation.
The Purple Knights open their home and Northeast-10 Conference schedules against Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 12 p.m. for their lone contest between now and Sept. 16.