Michelle Montilio knocked home her second goal of the season to tie the match in the second half as the American University women's soccer team and Holy Cross ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw Friday afternoon at Reeves Field.
Holy Cross (2-11-3, 0-4-1 PL) struck first in the match with a score in the 34th minute. Gina Righini made made a run up the left side for the Crusaders and fed her tough-angled high shot into the side of the net to give Holy Cross the early 1-0 advantage.
The Cruasaders took that 1-0 lead into halftime, but American (5-10-2, 1-3-1 PL) leveled the match when Jasmine Mohandesi found Montilio for the goals. On the play, Montilio received the pass around the edge of the goal box and drove straight toward the goal, sliding her shot to the left of Holy Cross goalkeeper Carly McCabe.
The Eagles controlled the action for the remainder of the second half and in both overtime sessions, but were unable to find the game-winner. AU's best chance came in the double overtime when Michaela Cowgill broke loose inside the goalbox, but her shot sailed wide.
AU outshot the Crusaders by a 20-5 margin in the match, which included holding a decisive 9-1 advantage in shots in the second half and overtime periods. Holy Cross' lone shot during the final 65 minutes came off the foot of Gaby Ransom early in the second half. On the play, AU defender Kimberly Kroll was there to record a huge defensive save for the Eagles to keep the match 1-0 at that point, which allowed Montilio to tie the game minutes later.
The Eagles will close out the home portion of their schedule when they host Army on Sunday, October 23 at 12 p.m. This date will mark AU women's soccer's annual "Phil Reeves" game, where AU students will be treated to free Domino's pizza, free Robeks smoothies, and free Coca-Cola products prior to the game. Additionally, before kick off, AU's five senior student-athletes – Arianna Efstathiou, Kroll, Allison Slattery, Jenna Stasiewicz, and Mikaila Weaver – will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony. Like always, Sunday's match will be available on Eagles Vision TV.