BEVERLY, Mass. – Falling on a last-ditch effort double-overtime goal, the Castleton University women's soccer team dropped a nonconference match to Endicott College – 2-1 – on Saturday afternoon at Hempstead Stadium.
Castleton falls to 3-7-0 overall with the loss, while Endicott improves to 4-3-4.
Playing the second contest of its scheduled three matches in four days, Castleton played gritty and defensive-minded throughout, while refusing to go away.
Trailing 1-0 with slightly more than six minutes remaining in regulation, Makenzi Bellando took the feed from Julia Carone and put it in the back of the twine. Finding her with a long pass, Carone centered the ball for her teammate. Bellando, catching up with the ball, froze the Endicott keeper with a perfectly lofted ball to even the score.
The Spartans continued to prove its defensive prowess throughout, withstanding constant pressure from the Gulls. Endicott earned the advantage in the shots-taken category by a 23-8 tally, yet it was only able to get nine attempts on-goal.
Loren Henderson continued to look impressive between the posts, stopping seven of those nine shots-on-goal for a .778 save percentage and a 1.76 goals-against-average.
Offensively, Rylee Nichols led the Spartans with four individual shots as well as one on-target. Natasha Silva and Bellando both notched a couple of shot attempts. Meanwhile, the Spartans led the corner kicks tally 7-6.
Earlier in the contest, the Gulls took the 1-0 advantage with a low ball that skirted across the ground and into the left corner. The game-winning score – in the 103rd minute – came off of a sliding shot as Endicott forward Hannah Pesci cut through the box.
Women's soccer returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as it returns to Dave Wolk Stadium for a nonconference matchup with the defending national champion and top-ranked Williams College Ephs.
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