BOSTON, Mass. – Tayllar Righini and the Emerson Women's Soccer Team stepped up again Saturday afternoon as they downed the Norwich Cadets 2-1 in overtime. With the win the Lions improve to 7-3-3 on the year and 5-2-3 in conference play as Norwich drops to 5-7-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the GNAC.
The first half saw the Lions come out to dominate the ball, but they just couldn't translate any of their nine shots into a goal as Norwich's Liz Chapdelaine put up five saves in the half. The Cadets tried to play a more physical game as they put up five fouls to Emerson's one in the first 45.
Coming into the second half, the offense stepped up for both teams, this time with EC putting up 12 shots to Norwich's eight. Emerson decided to step up to break the stalemate first though as a free kick final found Riana Odin after two deflections who cranked it into the bottom left pocket of the net.
The Cadets regrouped after the goal though to start putting up a heavier offensive attack Sara Goes sent a ball to the middle of the box, which found Alex Frank who planted to turn around and let off a shot into the top midsection of the net to knot it.
With both teams running low on steam, the game closed out with it knotted at ones. Norwich came out ready to rumble though as they put up four shots in a mere five minutes of action. The difference maker came in the sixth minute of OT with Alyssa Giannone setting up a corner kick into the back end of the box that found Tayllar Righini as she battled off three Cadets to lay in a ball to the bottom right corner.
The Lions will return to their home pitch this Wednesday as they set to host the St. Joseph's of Connecticut Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m. in Boston at Rotch Field.