Tie binds Cougars in women’s soccer opener
Opening night was not a lost cause for St. Xavier University’s women’s soccer team.
However, there was no thrill of victory awaiting the Cougars, either.
Senior midfielder Marissa Graves’ goal in the 77th minute of regulation off an assist from sophomore midfielder Brittany Kroening pulled SXU even with host Freed-Hardeman University Friday, but the tie couldn’t be broken in two extra periods. Thus the Cougars settled for a 1-1 draw in Henderson, Tenn.
The Lions notched their score in the 48th minute, with midfielder Darby Miskelly converting a pass from forward Sydney Dubiel. After creating the stalemate SXU had a chance to decide things in its favor before the end of the regulation, but Stagg grad Julia Gawlick’s shot banged off the crossbar.
The Cougars outshot Freed-Hardeman 21-12, but the latter held an 8-4 edge in on-goal attempts. Senior Cassie Pullia took half of SXU’s shots, two of which required stops by the Lions’ keeper. Freshman Alex Perry and senior Danielle Koncius (Stagg) shared the netminding chores for the Cougars and registered seven saves between them.