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Screaming Eagles soccer battles to draw with visiting Cedar Crest

Screaming Eagles soccer battles to draw with visiting Cedar Crest

SOMERSET, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth senior Kelly O’Dell scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second half as the Screaming Eagles earned a 1-1 draw against Cedar Crest in non-conference women’s soccer action Thursday afternoon.

The tie moves CSE’s overall record to 3-5-1 while Cedar Crest now stands at 4-6-1.

Cedar Crest got on the scoreboard in the 17th minute when sophomore Madeline Hallquist bent a shot into the right corner for her third goal of the season.

Down 1-0 at halftime, the Screaming Eagles re-grouped in the intermission and started to create solid scoring chances. A corner kick – the best scoring option for CSE this season – came from midfielder Cassidy Crane who found the head of O’Dell but her header sailed wide of the net.

O’Dell was able to break through with the equalizer in the 57th minute. The senior weaved her way through the midfield and found running room on the right side of the Cedar Crest penalty box. After beating her defender to the end line, O’Dell unleashed a hard shot that beat the Mendez on the inside post for her team-best eight goal of the season.

The CSE midfield sent a series of excellent passes up to forward Valerie Lasko. The sophomore used her speed to earn a trio of one-on- one opportunity with Cedar Crest goalkeeper Daniella Mendez. Each time Lasko tried to score with a different shot to a different area of the net, but Mendez was up to the task and made the difficult save.

The score remained knotted into overtime, the second time this season CSE has gone to extra time.  Each team had its chances in the two extra periods, both tallying five shots, but neither side could convert the game winner.

Saint Elizabeth held a 28-13 shot advantage, while Cedar Crest took five corner kicks to three for the Screaming Eagles.

CSE goalkeeper Catherine De La Cruz registered six saves while Mendez posted 14 stops.

St. Elizabeth is on the road this weekend, traveling to NEAC foe Penn State Berks Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. After a road game at Penn Tech on Oct. 3, the Screaming Eagles return home for two NEAC matches on Oct. 6 (Gallaudet) and Oct. 7 (Penn State Harrisburg).