Stonehill and Southern Connecticut Play to Scoreless Draw in Double Overtime

Sarah Hickey made four stops for her third shutout of the season, holding Southern Connecticut off the board for four periods.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (September 25, 2010) – Stonehill College and host Southern Connecticut State University played to a double-overtime 0-0 tie in a Northeast-10 women’s soccer matchup Saturday.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Hickey (Lee, Mass./Lee) made four saves in her third shutout of the season, but the Skyhawks, currently ranked #7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II East Regional poll, were held off the board as well by five saves from Southern Connecticut’s Katie DiDio (Vernon, Conn./Rockville).

Hickey went untested in the first half as the Owls managed no shots on goal against the Stonehill defense, and DiDio stopped a shot by senior Kirstie St. Martin (Providence, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) just before the break.

The Skyhawks saw more scoring chances in the second half, putting four shots on target in the first fifteen minutes, but could not convert against DiDio. Hickey made three stops in the second half to keep the game scoreless, including a key save against freshman Laura Barberia (Pamplona, Spain/San Cernin) with three minutes left in regulation.

Neither side managed a shot in the first overtime period, and Hickey turned back a second attempt by Barberia nineteen seconds into the final period of extra time, which would prove to be the last scoring chance of the day.

Stonehill (5-3-1, 4-2-1) returns home on October 2 for an Alumni Weekend matchup against Saint Rose at 1:30 p.m.

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