Sept. 23, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) netted her first career goal in dramatic fashion with just eight seconds remaining in regulation, but it wouldn't be enough as Connecticut scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to take home the 2-1 BIG EAST matchup at West Campus Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
With time running out, the Wildcats took advantage of a Connecticut offsides call and quickly put the ball into play, earning a corner kick off the restart. Freshman Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) played a short ball to Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.) who found Wilson streaking to goal for the last second score to send the contest into overtime.
It would mark the fifth time this season that Villanova entered an extra-time scenario.
The Wildcats had several good looking opportunities and outshot the Huskies by a 6-4 margin in overtime. After testing UConn goalkeeper Leigh-Ann Jaggon to make just two saves in the first 90 minutes, Villanova challenged Jaggon with numerous shots on goal in the final 18 minutes of play, forcing her to make five saves in the final two periods.
The Huskies would net the game-winner in the 105th minute when Linda Ruutu fed Andrea Plucenik to the far side of the box, connecting on a turn to beat Villanova's Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) to the far post.
Connecticut earned their first score of the game just 14 minutes into play when Danielle Schulmann served a ball to Riley Houle inside the box to find an opening in the upper right near post.
Villanova outshot the Huskies by a 16-14 margin for the match and held the advantage in corner kicks at 3-1. Defensively, Kranich collected five saves in the defeat while UConn's Jaggon posted seven for the victory.
With the loss, Villanova drops 4-6-1 overall and 2-2 in conference action while the Huskies improved t 6-4-1 and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.
Villanova will return to action on Friday, September 28th for the start of a three game road stand when they take on Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.