Bristol, R.I. - September 24, 2013 - Ashley Carressi (Billerica, Mass.) led the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over host Roger Williams in overtime on Tuesday.
The game was tied at a goal apiece after one half and both teams went scoreless in the second. The game couldn't be decided after 90 minutes, but the Pride didn't need much more than that as just 3:28 into overtime, Carressi tallied the game-winner. After a Springfield corner kick, the senior midfielder corralled the loose ball and launched it into the back of the net. It was the second-straight win for the Pride and the second overtime victory of the season.
Kim Rasmussen (East Berlin, Conn.) put Springfield on the board in the first half, scoring off a breakaway from the top of the box at 17:08.
Roger Williams tied it up at 29:50 when Jessica Valenti (North Reading, Mass.) gave a long through pass between three Pride defenders to find Hannah Noel (Adams, Mass.). Noel was able to secure the ball, make her way inside the penalty area, and fire a shot to the right side of the net to tie the game at one apiece.
In the second half, both teams' offensive opportunities began to increase. In the 55th minute, Rasmussen shot a pass up the middle to Mariah Fererra (North Adams, Mass.). Fererra had a one-on-one opportunity with Hawk keeper Stephanie Jaques (Burlington, Vt.), but Jaques was able to make a head-on save of Fererra's attempt.
Springfield's Brooke Hattinger (Weymouth, Mass.) had a good look with three minutes left to play in regulation but had her attempt sail just high over the net.
In overtime, Roger Williams' Elizabeth Monsen (Wayne, N.J.) nearly ended the game in the first minute, chipping a cleared ball off of a corner that just curved right. Just minutes later, Carressi's strike would give Springfield the win.
Sarah Myers (Bridgewater, Mass.) made five saves to earn the win in goal for Springfield while Jaques had five saves for Roger Williams. Springfield improves to 5-2 on the season while Roger Williams falls to 6-2-1 with the loss.
Springfield will be on the road Saturday, traveling to MIT for a NEWMAC match up beginning at 1:00 p.m.