Oct. 26, 2008
West Hartford, Conn. - With 12 seconds left in double overtime, junior Casey Brown headed home the game-winning goal to lift the Boston University women's soccer team (13-5-1, 8-0-0 AE) to a 1-0 triumph over Hartford (8-5-4, 4-2-1 AE) on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale. With the win, BU completes the first unbeaten and untied conference season in the America East since 2000.
In addition, BU tied a program record for seven consecutive wins and extends its unbeaten streak to 10 games.
The game-winner came directly off a corner kick from senior Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, who sent a long ball into the six-yard box, which Brown got on the end of for her first goal of the season. Freshman Annie Tooley got the start in net and made three saves for her first collegiate shutout.
After a quiet 15 minutes to open the game, sophomore Lina Cords sent a rocket towards the goal on a restart, but the strike ricocheted off the left post for the Terriers' first scoring chance of the contest. Five minutes later, Cords again sent a dangerous ball into the box on a set piece and junior Emily Pallotta got on the end of it but the attempt went just wide left.
Hartford threatened in the 13th minute when Rachel Richards hit the cross bar and then with two minutes remaining in the first stanza it nearly struck again with a flurry in the box, but an offsides ended the attempt and kept the game scoreless going into halftime.
In the second half, Tooley came up with a diving save to her right in the 47th minute to maintain the shutout. Play continued to go from end-to-end as both teams fought to maintain possession; however, the Hawks nearly found the back of the net in the 75th minute with a dangerous cross from the end line that was placed into the six-yard box, but the Terriers' defense cleared it out of danger.
With 15 seconds left in regulation BU made one last attempt offensively, but the Hartford defense packed it in and was able to let the clock run out and send it into overtime.
In the first extra period, BU drew the first two corner kicks of the game, but a clearance by the Hartford defense created a counter attack which resulted in a strike by Breeanna Robinson that went just wide left of the net.
In the second overtime, BU upped its pressure on the Hartford backline, drawing a corner kick and keeping the action in the offensive third. With three minutes remaining, Tooley came off her line aggressively to prevent a breakaway attempt by Hartford's Kacey Busque at the top of the box. Sophomore Corie Halasz rocketed a shot that was headed straight for the back of the net, but the Hartford goalkeeper tipped the ball over the net.
BU outshot Hartford, 10-5, and held the 5-0 advantage in corner-kick opportunities.
BU will host its America East semifinal match on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.