Anna Cornacchione’s (Cincinnati, Ohio) first goal as a Panther was a big one as the freshman forward scored in the final seconds to secure a women’s soccer win over Wittenberg University. The 2-1 victory was held Saturday, Sept. 7 at L.S Ayres Field in Hanover, Ind.
Knotted, 1-1 with under 30 seconds to play, Cornacchione corralled a rebound from the goalkeeper and deftly slipped a shot to her left, finding the goal with 26.7 seconds left.
Before the game-winning goal, the two teams seemed evenly matched, trading shots and defensive stops. Wittenberg controlled the offensive tempo in the first period, outshooting the Panthers 9-7. Despite the barrage, Hanover freshman keeper Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) held the Tigers scoreless in the first period, snagging seven of her game-high ten saves.
Junior forward Tricia Walsh (Amelia, Ohio) provided a cushion for VanDerWeele, heading a Hannah Barker (Carmel, Ind.) cross past the Wittenberg goalie at the 30:06 mark and the Panthers headed to intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Hanover entered the second half with a more aggressive offensive tempo, nearly doubling Wittenberg’s shot total, with 11 shots on goal to Wittenberg’s seven. Tiger goalie Maggie Grieser recorded eight saves during this period.
With less than three minutes remaining, Wittenberg’s Chelsey Marcum crossed to teammate Lindsay Jamney for tying goal at the 87:23 mark.
The match seemed destined for overtime before Cornacchione’s last second shot slipped by Grieser.
The win improves the Panther record to 3-0, while Wittenberg falls to 1-2-1.
Published Saturday, September 7, 2013