Bradford Steals Second Conference Win Away from Spartans in Final Minutes

Makenna Magee (left) scored her first goal of the season in the 1-1 tie against Bradford
Makenna Magee (left) scored her first goal of the season in the 1-1 tie against Bradford

Bradford, PA – The D'Youville women's soccer team had their second consecutive conference victory snatched away from them late on Tuesday afternoon as they tied the Pitt.-Bradford Panthers by the final score of 1-1 in double overtime.

Each team had shots on goal in the first five minutes of the game, but the Spartans were the first to break through. Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) received a through ball from Brittany Cristofanelli (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and beat the Bradford goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

Nearly all of the shots from both teams in the first half were on goal, forcing both goalies to be active often. However neither team could find the goal for the remainder of the half and the two sides would go into halftime with D'Youville leading 1-0.

The Panthers were on the offensive in the second half, looking to tie the game up. They registered seven shots to the Spartan's two in the first 20 minutes of the half, with three of those shots on goal. Their pressure continued into the final 10 minutes of regulation as Bradford recorded all five shots, with the fifth sending the game into OT.

A hand-ball from about 20-yards out gave the Panthers an opportunity with under two minutes to go in the game. Bradford took advantage of that chance and scored the game tying goal with 1:13 to go in the game, sending it into overtime.

Most of the action in the first overtime came from the Spartans. Cristofanelli had a pair of shots on goal to go with a Kaylee Heschke (Newfane, NY/Newfane) corner, but the Spartans couldn't break through.

As D'Youville dominated on offense in the first OT, Bradford took the reins in the second OT. The Panthers totaled three shots on goal, but were unable to get past goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Magee led the team with three shots, tying Cristofanelli with two shots on goal. Five other Spartans earned a shot in the game, all but one that was taken on goal.

Dulniak had another outstanding performance, making 14 saves in the game. She played all 110:00 minutes in the game.

The next game for the women comes this Saturday, September 29 as the women travel to La Roche. They will play the Redhawks at 1:00pm.