Women's Soccer Comes Up Short Against Montclair State With Last-Second Goal

Photo Credit: Stylish Images/David Morgan
Photo Credit: Stylish Images/David Morgan

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. –  The Ursinus College women's soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday afternoon on Patterson Field to Montclair State, 1-0.

A game with a crazy start ended with an even crazier finish. After starting at 12:36 instead of the scheduled 12 p.m. due to late arrivals by the referees, the game ended with a last-second goal.

With time ticking away in double overtime after goalkeeper Sabrina Doherty punched away a late cross that came on a free-kick, the ball rolled out of bounds with eight seconds left on the clock. Trying for a final attack, Montclair State hurried for the throw-in. The Red Hawks put the ball in play and hit a cross into the box with one second remaining. As time expired, the cross was redirected low-left and past a diving Doherty.

While the focus will remain on the final ten seconds of the game, it was a highly contested defensive battle from both sides throughout. An early corner was punched away by Doherty in the 6th minute as early Ursinus possessions were turned away by the Red Hawk defense on the other side.

A header off of another corner was saved by the Bears' junior all-conference goalkeeper. The Bears offense finally saw a chance in the 43rd minute when Rachel Burcaw fired a free-kick that went just high and hit the crossbar, keeping the game scoreless.

Early in the second half, the Bears once again nearly broke the scoreless draw. A corner from Brooke Ludwig went off the head of Morgan Raley and bounced high over the net.

The Ursinus defense once again played stout as they have all season. The goal in the final minute marks the first goal that Doherty and the defense have let slip by. Montclair State was held to seven shots with only four finding their way on goal and the last one getting through.

What's Next

The Bears begin conference play next week as they host McDaniel.