WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph and Emmanuel College women's soccer team both posted their third consecutive shutouts and Wednesday it was against each other.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference rivals played to a double-overtime, scoreless tie at USJ. While the result seemed to have settled very little, it was a fitting prelude to a GNAC quarterfinal match-up between the two on Sat. Nov. 2 that was assured by Wednesday's tie.
Emmanuel finished the day 8-7-2 overall and remained in fourth place in the GNAC (6-2-2, 20 points). Saint Joseph is 9-4-3 overall and in fifth in the GNAC (5-2-3, 18 points). All that's left to deice is who will have home field in that game and it will take Saturday's results to settle that issue.
Both teams had chances with USJ outshooting Emmanuel 20-16 and having an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) made six saves for USJ while Brenna Smith (Wantagh, N.Y.) was also perfect, making seven stops for the Saints.
In the first overtime, Emmanuel's Lindsey Garvey (Warwick, R.I.) lofted a long pass on target to Darcey Sullivan (Dalton, Mass.) just inside the box, but Sullivan's header went wide, only 30 seconds into the extra session. About 90 seconds later USJs Patricia Nolan (Portland, Conn.) had an excellent shot that barely went wide right. St. Joseph's Nicole Mendelson (Southbury, Conn.) was awarded a direct kick after a handball with 2:35 left in the first overtime, but a 40-yarder sailed just over the crossbar.
The second overtime materialized like much of the game with both teams generating good, but not great opportunities for a game-winner, as each team's defense was up to the task.
St. Joseph hosts Norwich, Sat. Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. while Emmanuel hosts Albertus, Sat. at 3 p.m.