We’re nine minutes from kickoff here. Some good news from Massachusetts where our men’s team has defeated Elms College, 6-0, in an NCAA first-round match. The men will play tomorrow in a second-round match against the winner of Babson and Colorado College.
Quickly, here are links for coverage of the women’s game:
Live stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/ithaca/wsoc/scoreboard.aspx
I’ll be providing updates in this post, as well. Hope you can follow along if you’re not here!
PKs: Bowdoin wins it in penalty kicks, converting all five chances. Scranton hit its first three, but the Bowdoin keeper made a tremendous diving save on Sam Russo in the fourth round that was the difference.
Another heart-breaking loss in the first-round of the NCAA tournament for the Royals.
End of second OT: We’re headed to penalty kicks. Five rounds, if we’re still tied after five rounds, it’s sudden victory round-by-round.
1:20, 2OT: Russo’s left-footed shot from 18 yards was ticketed for the upper right corner, the Bowdoin keeper reads it well and makes an easy save.
End 1st OT: Bowdoin with some pressure in the final three minutes, but no great chance develops. Still a second 10-minute overtime awaits, but this feels like it’s going to penalty kicks.
3:00, OT: Bowdoin called offsides on a good chance. Royals on their heels a bit here in the OT period.
End regulation: We’re headed to overtime. Russo had one more chance with 90 seconds left, but her shot from 20 yards was saved. Lots of action in the last 10 minutes, but neither team found the back of the goal.
3:20, 2H: McAnelly makes a save at the near post as action has really picked up.
6:00, 2H: Scranton on the counterattack after a Bowdoin corner kick. Russo and Vitolo worked a perfect 2-on-1 that led to Vitolo alone against the keeper, but her shot hits the right post square and kicks away.
8:00, 2H: Bowdoin with more pressure. McAnelly makes a save on a blast from 18 yards out, but gives up a rebound and the rebound shot flies over the crossbar. Royals dodge another bullet.
10:00, 2H: Gianna Vitolo with a good chance for Scranton as she gets free and gets to the top of the box, but her shot goes directly to the Bowdoin keeper.
11:30, 2H: Bowdoin with two good chances, the first shot sails a yard over the crossbar, the second was a good blast from 18 yards right to McAnelly for a save.
15:00, 2H: Scranton with some pressure, but the defense cuts Sam Russo off at the top of the box and later thwarts another chance. Royals looking to gain a little momentum here.
24:00, 2H: Bowdoin knocking on the door, but a shot from 15 yards out goes about five yards wide.
26:00, 2H: Bowdoin continues to control play without developing any serious chances. The Polar Bears make four substitutions, so we’ll see if the fresh legs have an impact.
33:00, 2H: Bowdoin continues to control possession here in the second half. Scranton’s defense is being tested here.
37:30, 2H: Bowdoin with another good chance, this time on a corner kick, but a solid header sails five feet over the crossbar. The Polar Bears have three shots already in the half after just one in the opening 45 minutes. Moments later, Scranton gets its first shot of the half on a shot by Noelle Malone from the long left side that’s easily saved.
40:00, 2H: Bowdoin with a very good chance on a loose ball 10 yards in front of the goal, but Jessica Sciscione makes a sliding block of a shot to thwart the chance.
Halftime: We’re scoreless with Scranton leading in shots, 3-1. It was a very even and mostly uneventful first half other than Parker’s good chance in the 23rd minute. Really not much else to talk about. We’ll see if either team tries to turn up the aggressiveness in the second half.
6:00, 1H: Bowdoin gets its first shot on a scramble in front, but the shot was blocked and Scranton avoids further trouble.
18:00, 1H: Another good look, this time for Sarah Gibbons from 20 yards out, but the Bowdoin keeper makes the catch at the right post.
22:00, 1H: Scranton’s first great chance as Russo sets up Sydney Parker from 25 yards out, but her blast sails just high.
28:00, 1H: Sam Russo gets the first shot of the game, but it’s from the far left point and easily saved by the Bowdoin keeper.
33:30, 1H: Both teams with some pressure, but neither team with a good chance or a shot.
42:00, 1H: Early corner kick for the Royals, but the Bowdoin keeper scooped up the low kick by Ellen Walker.