Gikas' Overtime Tally Gives Saint Michael's 1-0 Win Over Dominican

Gikas' Overtime Tally Gives Saint Michael's 1-0 Win Over Dominican

COLCHESTER, Vt. - First-year back Elani Gikas (Peabody, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) buried a 92nd-minute free kick from 40 yards out to hand the Saint Michael's College women's soccer team a 1-0 overtime victory against Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday. It was Gikas' first collegiate goal.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-1), Dominican (0-2)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Elani Gikas (Peabody, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 1 goal
  • Junior Katie Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina), 8 saves (tied career high)

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Redshirt sophomore Lynne Garofalo, 5 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's held a 6-2 lead in corner kicks, while the Chargers had a 14-13 edge in shots.
  • Three of the Purple Knights' four goals this season have come on set pieces.
  • The teams played for the first time.
  • Saint Michael's is 5-1-1 in its last seven home games.
  • Each of the Purple and Gold's last five games since 2019 has been decided by a goal or less, as both of its wins this year are by 1-0 finals.
  • Gikas became the initial Saint Michael's first-year to net an overtime winner since Liz Freiberger '11 on Oct. 13, 2007.

THE ACTION

  • During an opening half that saw the visitors hold a 4-3 edge in shots, most of the action occurred in the final third of the frame.
  • Escobedo dove to stop redshirt sophomore Victoria Bonner's bid from the top left of the box in the 31st minute before the Purple Knights countered at the other end, with junior Julia Rosano (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) denied out front at 31:03 after receiving a short pass from sophomore Claire Williams (Saint Leonard, Md./Calvert).
  • First-year Isabella Wysocki drilled the crossbar from 25 yards away in the 34th minute, and Bonner ran onto a cross in the 36th minute but saw her point-blank shot covered by Escobedo.
  • Junior Paulina Valentine (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) nearly struck for a tally in the 60th minute, as she quickly turned and fired on net from 25 yards, but Garofalo dove to bat the ball away.
  • Escobedo kept it scoreless at 78:19 by denying redshirt first-year Olivia Ferris' header out front during a corner kick sequence, and Garofalo sent the teams to overtime by lunging to make a fingertip save of Rosano's header from the box with 43 seconds remaining in regulation.
  • In the extra session, Gikas lined up for what proved to be the only shot in the stanza for either team, firing her long free kick from 40 yards out just between the crossbar and a leaping Garofalo at 91:17.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at regionally-ranked Pace University, 12 p.m.
  • The Setters are 10th in the first United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
  • The Purple Knights open Northeast-10 Conference play with the contest.