Under a late-summer sky, the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen tied St. John Fisher Cardinals 2-2 during their season-opening match at the RIC Soccer Field Friday afternoon.
The guests struck early when speedy Cardinal midfielder Mary Dougherty netted a floater from the edge of the box at the 7-minute mark of the first half. Down one-nil going into the second half, RIC’s Lindsay Laurie took a majestic, long-ball feed from Mallary Bileau and promptly left-footed the equalizer past Cardinal keeper Ashley Martin in the 52nd minute.
Game tied at one apiece, the Anchorwomen crashed the net as senior striker Gina Calenda harnessed a wild deflection in the box and fired the ball into the back of the net, giving the Anchorwomen the 2-1 lead in the 78th minute.
Seemingly on their way to the home opening victory, RIC looked to squeeze the Cardinals attack with the one-goal advantage. However, less than two minutes later, Cardinal freshman Meagan Gee caught RIC keeper Krissie Pyzynski off her line in the 79th minute sent an amazing 28-yard lob from the left wing that landed into the far corner of the net, which gave the guests the incredible equalizer before a stunned maroon crowd.
Though the RIC Women dominated both overtime periods with three quality shots on net, the game-winner never materialized, as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.