|Jamie Hreniuk||Carolyn Warner|
|Kelly Pompey||Erica Licari|
DANBURY, Conn. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team twice overcame one-goal deficits in the final 11 minutes and then battled through two overtime periods to earn a 4-4 draw at Western Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon.
Scranton (2-1-1) forced overtime with just 27 seconds on the clock when sophomore midfielder Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored on an assist by senior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex), erasing the lead Western Connecticut State (2-2-1) had taken in the 87th minute.
The Royals led 2-1 at halftime, but the Colonials scored twice early in the second half, the second tally coming in the 65th minute for a 3-2 lead. But Scranton received a goal from senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) on an assist by senior forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) in the 80th minute.
Hreniuk nearly won it late in the first overtime, but her shot off a corner kick hit the crossbar two seconds before the horn. That came less than three minutes after she had a shot saved and another blocked.
Scranton built the 2-1 halftime lead thanks to goals from junior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) in the seventh minute and sophomore midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 42nd minute. Junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) assisted on Pompey's goal while freshman defender Jillian Minda (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) had a helper on Licari's goal.
Warner's goal was her second of the season while Hreniuk, Pompey and Licari all picked up their first. All four players credited with assists picked up their first helpers of the season.
Western Connecticut State held a 23-17 edge in shots and each team had five corner kicks.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 14, when they travel across town to take on Marywood at 7 p.m.