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PHILADELPHIA - A late goal in regulation by junior Kaitlin Campbell forced overtime with No. 25 Pitt where sophomore Marin McDermott netted the winner for the University of Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon at Rhodes Field. The 2-1 victory was the third win in four games to start the season for the Quakers.
Penn is now 3-1-0 this season, while the 25th-ranked Panthers fell to 4-2-0 on the year.
The late-game heroics were set up after Pitt's Christina Nicassio broke a 0-0 tie in the 53rd minute. Nicassio, from the near corner of the 18-yard box, rolled one across the box and past the outstretched reach of Williams, tucking the ball into the far corner of the goal.
Penn spent the rest of the second half scrambling for the equalizer. It finally came off of a set piece in the 85th minute. A Pitt foul gave sophomore Theresa Yankovich a free kick just inside midfield. Yankovich floated one into a crowd about six-yards out. Campbell timed it best, emerging from the pack to head the ball past the Panthers' goalkeeper.
In the 94th minute, McDermott completed the come-from-behind victory with an excellent effort. With a defender on her hip the entire way, the Rhinebeck, N.Y., native maintained possesion from near midfield to the endline. As she approached the endline at the edge of the goal box, she squezzed the ball past the defender and between the legs of the goalkeeper.
The first half of play was scoreless, but it wasn’t without multiple scoring chances from each team. The visitors got off 11 shots in the first 45 minutes, with three of them making it through to Quakers’ goalkeeper Caroline Williams. Williams’ best save of the day came in the 33rd minute when she dove to her left to knock away Klarissa Ames' scorching roller that was headed for the back corner of the net.
Penn's best shot in the opening half came on senior Jessica Fuccello's header with just over two minutes remaining. The goalkeeper leaped to tip the ball off the crossbar where Pitt cleared it away. Fuccello's shot was one of six on goal in the first half for the Red and Blue and one of the nine shots on goal in the match.
Williams finished with five saves as Pitt tallied one more shot than the Quakers over the course of the match, 17-16. The Panthers also held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Next up for the Quakers is a trip across Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph’s on Friday. The match with the Hawks is set to begin at 7 p.m.
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