BOSTON, Mass.—After 108 minutes and 33 seconds of back-and-forth soccer, Veronica Romero lifted a shot over the outstretched hands of a charging Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) to give #2 Emory University (2-0) a 2-1 victory over host UMass Boston (1-1) at the Clark Athletic Field Monday afternoon.
The Beacons took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute that lasted for nearly 60 minutes against the 2012 national runner-ups, but couldn't outlast Romero and the Eagles. Emory's senior forward assisted on the game-tying goal in the 80th minute and put just enough touch on the final shot of the game, to push Emory's unbeaten streak to 35 straight (30-0-5) contests against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the game for the Beacons and nearly had a second tally, while Spain made a career-high 13 saves on 15 shots in the loss. The Beacons redshirt sophomore keeper was kept busy all afternoon, constantly rushing off her line to cut down Eagles scoring chances and making several terrific saves throughout the contest.
Emory freshman Cristina Ramirez scored her first collegiate goal on a header, while Romero finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore goaltender Liz Arnold earned her first career win by making three saves on three shots over the final 68:33, while starter Gabrielle Pelura allowed one goal on four shots on goal.
The Eagles outshot the Beacons by a 28-12 margin and owned an 8-0 edge on corner kicks.
UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the 22 minute behind some terrific individual work from Andrews. The senior forward crossed over her defender to create space just outside of the box and then sent a diving line-drive shot off of a defender and into the net past a sprawled out Pelura.
10 minutes later Andrews nearly doubled the score, when she sent a low shot to the far post that bounced just wide.
With the lead and a large crowd behind them, UMass Boston held off the Eagles for the next 50+ minutes, creating several strong chances, while spending the majority of the game in their own end.
With the clock ticking down towards 10 minutes, Emory finally broke through on their eighth and final corner kick of the day. Romero sent a low line drive to the near post that was cleared back out to her, at which point the Eagles finally capitalized. The senior forward sent an arching cross to the far post, where Ramirez connected on a header for the Eagles first goal of the day at the 79:20 mark.
After a relatively quiet next 10 minutes, both squads came away with great scoring chances in the final minute of regulation.
UMass Boston drew a foul 35 yards from the net with 45 seconds to play, and on the ensuing free kick Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) drove a line drive shot into the upper-right hand crossbar, just barely missing her first goal of the 2013 season.
Emory raced back the other way and with five seconds left in regulation, Spain was forced to deflect a Meredith Doherty shot wide, to keep the game alive.
The Eagles dominated the first overtime session, outshooting the Beacons 3-0 and generating the only two good scoring chances of the period.
The second overtime period was a bit more open, with UMass Boston nearly generating two scoring chances; but in the end it was Romero providing the final blow. Romero tracked down a high bouncing ball just inside the box and fought off a defender and Spain long enough to send a high chip shot over the Beacons keeper and into the net on one bounce.
Monday's loss marked the end of UMass Boston's program-record 16-game home winning streak at the Clark Athletic Field.
Emory will return to action Saturday when they travel to take on #10 Ithaca College at 1 p.m. UMass Boston will travel north as well, as they will travel to Rutland, Vermont to take part in the Castleton State College Tournament. The Beacons will take on Skidmore College at 4:30 p.m. in their first round game.