Sept. 15, 2006
Boston, MA - On the opening day of the Harvard Invitational, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team posted a 1-1 draw with Northeastern University from Ohiri Field on Friday afternoon. Danielle Spann scored the lone goal for the Gaels, whom improved to 1-5-1 overall this season. The Huskies are now 4-1-1 on the season.
Spann scored the initial goal on a one-time off a cross from the far corner from Joelle Gizzi, giving SMC a 1-0 advantage. Spann, who missed the last two games with an injury, scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the 43rd minute.
Saint Mary's held the lead for 14 minutes, until Caitlin Whelan evened the score off a header in the 56th minute. The pass was a double cross from Siobhan Howard and Kristin Kowalik and SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson had little chance to make the save.
Larson was making her first start in goal for the Gaels and collected eight saves against 24 shots by the Huskies. NU goalkeeper Annie Petrofsky also recorded eight saves against 19 shots by the Gaels.
Saint Mary's had a great chance to win the game at the end of the second over time when Amy Massey got her head on the corner kick by Allie Weiner. The only thing that prevented the game-winning goal was a Huskies defender that was knocked Massey's shot away at the goal line.
Saint Mary's will complete the Harvard Invitational on Sunday when the Gaels take on the Harvard Crimson at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time from Ohiri Field.