By Tyler Chaput
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – An Amber Sidoti goal in the 88th minute gave the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team a 2-2 tie Sunday afternoon against the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers.
Sidoti’s equalizer was a redirection of a Chelsea Smith shot. “It was a quick reaction,” said Sidoti. “I saw Chelsea’s shot and just jumped up to get a head on it and it ended up working out.”
The Mountaineers struck first when Ieva Kibirkstis took a free kick from 30 yards out. The cross was muffed by Bobcat keeper Jillian Kelley as Colleen Regan collected the ball close to the goal line and slotted it into the back of the net.
Kristina Del Mistro recorded her first intercollegiate goal in the 35th minute to even the match 1-1. Del Mistro chipped the ball from the left side of the box over the right shoulder of Mountaineer keeper Alicia Miller.
Mount St. Mary’s once again took the lead in the 54th minute as Meghan Haspert tucked a pass from Nikole Gavriilidis under the cross bar.
Sidoti then netted her second goal of the season to force overtime.
The Mountaineers had an opportunity with seven seconds left in overtime to pull out the victory as Emily Menotti put a head past back-up goalie Kendra Margulies. Kate Ahearn made a remarkable bicycle kick save to force the second golden goal period.
After the game, Bobcat’s coach, Dave Clarke, was not too thrilled with the outcome saying, “We’ve got to put our chances away. The game should have been 5-2 instead of 2-2.” Quinnipiac outshot Mount St. Mary’s 39-12.
The Bobcats 5-3-2 (1-0-2) look to get back on the winning track as they face off against the Long Island University Blackbirds 9-3-1 (3-0-0) Friday in Brooklyn.