WALTHAM, Mass. - Bentley University first-year Alyssa Valente's 109th-minute double overtime goal downed the Saint Michael's College women's soccer team, 2-1, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Bentley Soccer Field. The Purple Knights are now 1-13-1 overall and 0-12 in the league, while the Falcons are 4-9-2 and 2-9-1. Saint Michael's suffered its second overtime loss in as many games.
Senior Meagan Brady (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley/Vermont) scored with help from junior Michaela Horne (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional). First-year Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) started and made one first-half save, while senior Kaylee Sullivan (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) collected five saves in 63 relief minutes.
Valente and junior Anna Siefring netted Bentley's goals, while senior Elena Ochsenreither and junior Ana Tantum provided assists. Sophomore Deirdre Macrorie stopped six shots for the win.
The Falcons buried the winning goal after Tantum crossed into the box to find a crashing Valente, who booted home the score at 108:00. Bentley edged out Saint Michael's, 4-3, in shots during the extra time, including a trio of Falcon shots in the second overtime.
Siefring got the scoring underway when she headed in the ball to the near post at 24:30 off of Ochsenreither's corner kick entry. Brady challenged Macrorie twice during the remainder of the first half, while LeCours denied first-year Carly Kohler with 33 seconds left in the stanza.
Saint Michael's recorded the equalizer 1:09 into the second half when she buried a strike from six yards out to beat Macrorie. The tally was Brady's team leading sixth of the season and eighth of her career. The visitors registered five more shots in the half, two of which reached target as Brady and junior Alyssa Keeler (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) were denied in the 60th and 64th minutes, respectively. During the final 5:46 of regulation, Bentley tested Sullivan three times, including a bid with 22 seconds left to preserve the 1-1 stalemate.
The Purple Knights return for their final home game of the season on Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Southern Connecticut State University.