Seton Hall draws UMASS Lowell 1-1 in 2OTDate: September 14, 2018
By Evando Thompson
The Seton Hall women’s soccer team drew, 1-1, for the second time this season, as forward Cassy Harrigan scored her first goal for the Pirates against the UMass Lowell Riverhawks.
For much of the evening, Seton Hall was by far the aggressor in the match.
The first half statistics show that both teams had the same amount of shots (five), but the Pirates dominated possession in the half. Match play either happened in the middle of the field or in the Riverhawks part of the field.
Two minutes after the opening kick, Emma Ramsey dispossessed a UMass Lowell defender as Seton Hall pressed the back line. Ramsay took a shot outside the 18 yard-box and could not quite get a clean strike on the ball as it rose over the goal. The first half played out in a similar fashion as several other Pirates were on the attack including Dani Camilleri, who took two corners and forced a Redhawk save.
In the second half, Seton Hall still maintained the edge in terms of possession, but, UMass Lowell’s counter attack kept the Pirates’ defense in constant work.
In the 54th minute, as the Pirates continued to push for the goal to break the deadlock of the game, Harrigan gained possession and began to trot down the left of midfield. Harrigan dribbled toward the box as she took on an approaching defender. The crafty forward used a sly in-and-out move to create separation and placed a curling right-footed shot in the top right corner of the goal, completely out of the UMass Lowell goalkeeper’s reach.
In the 84th minute, the constant attack and lack of a defensive presence to recover enabled the game-tying goal from the Riverhawks. The Hall’s backline had a slow reaction and allowed UMass Lowell to chip goalkeeper Anna McClean for an overtime-forcing goal.
Head Coach Rick Stainton was content when speaking on the Hall’s offense, although the team was not able to secure the victory in the match. “We reflect on every game – win, lose or draw,” Stainton said.
“An Achilles’ heel of ours in the past is that we have given the ball up in dangerous areas. It was a bit of slow reaction, but it is not completely dependent on the defense – we develop as a unit. So, we have to know when to maintain possession and when to dictate the tempo of the game.”
The Seton Hall women’s soccer team will look build on their strong offensive play as they travel for a two-game road stretch. In the first of two away matches, the Pirates face-off against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in New Britain, Connecticut. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 16.
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