Maldonado's Three Points Not Enough for @AU_WSoccer in Tie at Vermont

Gabriela Maldonado

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Senior Gabriela Maldonado finished with three points, but Vermont nearly stole the game with two penalty kick goals in a 2-2 double-overtime tie on Sunday afternoon at Virtue Field. 

Postgame Notes

  • Gabriela Maldonado gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute after a turnover led to a breakaway for the American senior. 
  • Maldonado's goal was her second goal of the season and the sixth of her career. She leads the team in goals (2) and points (5).
  • Maldonado's three-point outing was the first three or more points performance from an Eagle since Kelly Donovan had a goal and two assists against Howard on Sept. 10, 2014.
  • Maldonado led the Eagles with four shots on goal.
  • Yari Bradfield tied the game in the 67th minute off a pass from Maldonado and Emily Smith
  • Bradfield has four goals in 57 career games as an Eagle.
  • Smith recorded her first collegiate point with a secondary assist on Bradfield goal after she found Maldonado in the midfield.
  • Audrey Denkler hit the crossbar in the 89th minute of play which would have resulted in the game-winner for American. 
  • American was flagged with two penalties inside the box resulting in a pair of penalty kick goals by Aly Spencer. 
  • Ryleigh Brown had her 124-minute shutout streak snapped on Spencer's first goal in the 34th minute.
  • Vermont took the lead midway through the second half when Spencer tallied her second goal on a penalty kick. 
  • Spencer had a chance to complete the hat-trick in the 63rd minute, but Brown made the save to keep the Eagles within a goal.
  • Spencer had two chances in overtime to win the game for Vermont. Her first was stopped by Brown in the 93rd minute and her second hit the post in the 106th minute. 
  • American outshot Vermont, 29-14, with 16 shots coming in the second half. 
  • Vermont led the corner attack with an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. 
  • Brown finished with four saves for the Eagles. 
  • Vermont keeper Kacey Lambertson stood up to the Eagles offense and made 13 saves.  

Head coach Anabel Hering Quote

"The Team fought hard and had a solid performance on the road. There were a few more goals in us that we couldn't clinch, but we are playing some exciting soccer."

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