FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield women's soccer player Ashley Small scored in the 93rd minute of play to lead the Stags to a 2-1 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders on Sunday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational. The Crusaders record falls to 0-5-2 while the Stags move on to 4-3-0 overall.
Despite not putting a shot on goal in the first half, the Crusaders bounced back in the second. With 56:38 on the clock, junior captain Ally Pasquariello (Suffield, Conn.) converted a penalty kick to bring the Crusaders ahead 1-0 in the second half. The goal was the first of her career. The Stags responded with a penalty kick goal of their own to tie the game in the 66th minute.
In a final attempt to bring the Crusaders ahead again, junior midfielder Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) took a shot, but Stags goalie Sophia DeVita made the save. Tied at 1-1, the teams went to overtime where the Stags took the final lead. Small headed in the goal off a corner kick from teammate Nikki Stanton to end the game.
Crusaders junior captain, goaltender Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) recorded four saves during the contest while facing six shots. The Stags outshot the Crusaders 6-2 on net and 19-7 overall. Holy Cross took three corner kicks while Fairfield took nine. Both Pasquariello and Righini made the Fairfield Invitational All-Tournament team along with teammate sophomore Megan Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.).
Holy Cross begins Patriot League action on Saturday, Sept. 21, as it travels to Loyola (Md.) in Baltimore for a 1:00 p.m. game.