Sept. 23, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut women's soccer earned its first tie of the season as they went into double overtime on Friday evening against BIG EAST foe Louisville and concluded the night with a 2-2 draw. On a swampy field and foggy night, the two teams remained deadlocked at zero until the second half when the games four goals were recorded.
After a scoreless first half, the two teams began a shooting festival with both teams totaling 18 shots in the second half alone before UConn notched 22 and Louisville with 19 at the conclusion of the contest.
The Huskies, who moved to 4-4-1 (1-1-1 BIG EAST), were the first to get on the scoreboard at 68:04 on junior defender Georgina Giddings (Feltham, England) tap in from the left side of in the box. The goal came off of a corner kick from freshman mid Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) who perfectly placed the ball for redshirt senior Courtney Wilkinson-Maitland (Candiac, Quebec) to pass to the awaiting Giddings. The score marked Giddings third goal of her career and first since her freshman year.
Quickly responding were the Cardinals, now 3-4-3 (1-0-2 BE), with midfielder Jennifer Jones knocking in her first goal of the season at the 72:35 mark. On a cross from Angelik Uremovich, Jones beamed the ball from the middle of the goal box about 12 yards out to tie the game at one.
The Huskies were fast to respond when redshirt junior forward Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) sailed the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards on the left side of the field past the jumping Cardinal keeper to give Connecticut a 2-1 advantage. Schulmann now leads UConn with four goals on the season.
With the rain beginning to fall again and time winding down, Louisville's Christine Exeter raced from midfield to net the tying goal from 12 yards out with 2:55 remaining on the clock.
Louisville held the ball for the majority of the first overtime as they outshot Connecticut 5-1 but was unable to capitalize due to senior goalie Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) making two superb saves to push the game into a second overtime.
Husky fans held their breath for a moment in the first overtime when Exeter almost gave the Cardinals a victory with a header that sailed inches over the crossbar and out of Dulski's reach.
The second overtime featured a defensive front from both teams with the Cardinals once again outshooting the Huskies, 3-1, and ultimately ended with the game tied at 2-2.
Dulski, 4-4-1, tallied eight saves on the night, while Louisville goalie Chloe Kiefer finished with nine.
UConn remains at Morrone Stadium on Sunday, September 25, afternoon when they welcome Cincinnati for a 1 p.m. matchup.