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Falcons Rally Past Wildcats, 3-2 In Overtime

Falcons Rally Past Wildcats, 3-2 In Overtime

Read notches two goals and one assist in non-conference victory

Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State Women's Soccer team defeated the Wildcats of Bay Path University, 3-2 in overtime this evening in non-conference action from Elliot Field.

The Basics

Score: Fitchburg State 3, Bay Path 2 (OT)

Records: Fitchburg State (4-6-0) | Bay Path (6-3)

How It Happened

Bay Path grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of action as senior Joanna Feliciano (Springfield, Mass.) deposited a shot into the back of the net for her team-leading 13th goal on the year. Fitchburg State knotted the score (1-1) late in the frame when freshman Elizabeth Read (Lowell, Mass.) gathered a feed from junior McKenzie Tenney (Orange, Mass.) and lofted a shot into the upper left corner for her team-leading eighth marker of the season.

The Green and Gold took the lead roughly a minute and half later with Tenney heading a ball into the right side of net for her third goal of the 2019 season off an assist from Read for the 2-1 edge going into the half.

Following the intermission, the Wildcats retied the contest (2-2) at the 62:44 mark when sophomore Carina Facchini (Chicopee, Mass.) settled a loose ball and riffled a shot near post for her second goal on the season.

In the overtime period, Fitchburg State broke the 2-2 stalemate in the 99th minute of the contest as junior Shannon McCarthy (Chicopee, Mass.) found Read, who slipped a shot into the back of the net for the game-winner, resulting in the 3-2 final.

Inside the Numbers

This evening's contest will mark the seventh meeting between the two teams on the pitch with the Falcons 6-1-0 all-time when taking on the Wildcats

Fitchburg State has won the last five contests against Bay Path, including a 7-2 decision last season at Ryan Field

The Falcons finished with a 22-12 advantage in shots, while also holding a slim 3-1 edge in corner kicks

Senior Sarah Hemmings (Eastham, Mass.) made seven saves for Fitchburg State en-route to the victory

Counterpart Caitlyn Esposito (East Haven, Conn.) stopped eight shots for Bay Path in the setback

McCarthy notches her first collegiate point with her assist this evening

Up Next

Falcons will host the Owls of Westfield State University on Friday for a MASCAC tilt starting at 7:00 PM. Wildcats will travel to Lesley University on Saturday for a conference matchup at 12:00 PM.