PHILADELPHIA - Saturday’s match between the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth women’s soccer teams will go into the record books as a 1-1 draw.
The end result might have been just. The journey to that result? Oh boy.
There were two delays when the lights went out, both of them in the second half and both of them after Olivia Blaber had scored an incredible goal to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead.
The second delay came with just 3:40 left in regulation. Dartmouth gathered itself, and with just 19 seconds left the Big Green leveled things off a free kick.
The overtime had its moments, particularly when it looked like Penn’s Caroline Dwyer was going to end it but her shot was cleared off the line. Instead, both teams ended up with one point on a night that extended more than three hours in total.
Penn is now 5-3-5 overall this season, 0-1-3 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth, meanwhile, moved to 7-3-3, 0-2-2 in Ivy action.
Blaber’s goal came in the 53rd minute, when she took a pass from Nwokedi and rocketed a shot from about 30 yards out on the left side. The ball sailed over the Dartmouth goalkeeper, but slid underneath the crossbar into the side netting at the far post. It was Blaber’s first goal this season, and just her second career tally.
The lights went out for the first time shortly after that. After a rest period to allow them to come on, the teams got back to action and Dartmouth held much of the play. Then another delay came.
It looked like Penn might escape with the win, but with just 19 seconds left Dartmouth got a free kick along the left side. Jackie Friedman sent a ball to the far post, where Jill Dayneka headed it home.
Dwyer had the best chance in the overtimes, but her shot in front was cleared off the line by a Big Green defender. Penn outshot Dartmouth on the night, 12-9, as Carrie Crook made two saves and the Big Green keeper had three stops.
Penn is back in action next Saturday, when the Quakers host Yale at 5 p.m. That match will be the first half of a Rhodes Field doubleheader, as the Penn and Yale men will kick off after the conclusion of the women’s match.
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