The Canisius College women's soccer team concluded the 2012 regular season against MAAC rival Niagara in a Battle of the Bridge contest at Niagara Field on Saturday evening. With just over two minutes remaining in the contest, the Purple Eagles forced overtime before the two teams settled for a 2-2 draw in double overtime.
Providing the Golden Griffins' (4-14-1, 2-6-1 MAAC) scoring were sophomore Maria Nelms and junior Brianna Smith. With four shots in the contest, Smith shared the team lead with sophomore Megan Mahoney.
The Griffs dominated play in the first half, holding a 2-1 lead off a 10-5 shot advantage to enter the break. It was the third time this season that the Griffs headed into halftime with the lead.
To open the contest, the Purple Eagles (8-9-1, 3-5-1 MAAC) scored in the fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead on a breakaway by Catherine Meyer off a lead pass from Hallie Price. Despite the Purple Eagles taking the early lead, the Griffs charged forward offensively.
Following the Purple Eagles' go-ahead goal, the Griffs dominated play in the next 14 minutes leading up to the Griffs' game-tying goal. Holding a four to one shot advantage over the Purple Eagles, including three corner kicks, the Golden Griffins capitalized on an offensive fury. With junior Kelly McMahon's shot firing off the post, Nelms tapped in the loose rebound for her first goal of the season to tie the contest at 1-1.
Continuing to pepper the Niagara goal, the Griffs managed four unanswered shots. After pulling her previous shot wide of the net, Smith connected on her next shot from the top-left corner of the 18-yard box for her 11th goal of the season, seventh in conference play to give the Griffs a 2-1 lead. Freshman Kristi DeLabio setup Smith on the goal for her first collegiate point.
With under three minutes remaining in the contest, the Purple Eagles forced double overtime on an unassisted goal by Price to tie the contest at 2-2.
In the extra sessions, the Griffs managed to hold off the Purple Eagles' aggressive offense that held an 8-1 edge in shots.
The Purple Eagles finished the contest with a 24-14 shot advantage over the Griffs. Following the opening half, the Purple Eagles went onto outshoot the Griffs, 19-4.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Tock recorded the tie for the Griffs with eight saves. Niagara goalkeeper Amanda Taylor collected six saves for her first draw of the season.