BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Three different players put their name in the goal column for the Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team as the Lions opened their 2018 campaign with a 3-3 draw against Penn State Abington on Wednesday afternoon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
Bryn Athyn's (0-0-1) first goal of the season came at the 8:32 mark of the opening half thanks to Ashley Rivera in her collegiate debut. Shelby Puccio started the play by dribbling down the middle of the field with the ball. Nittany Lion keeper Sam Friend came off her line to take the ball off Puccio's foot but instead knocked the ball to Rivera who slammed the ball into the open net.
The lead held until 52:55 as Penn State Abington's Teresa Barker when left unmarked on a corner kick and volleyed home an Airii Massey pass for the equalizer. Taylor Perkowski put the ball in play and Massey flicked it on to Barker.
Tori Titano found the back of the net in her first collegiate game just under two minutes later after receiving a long throw-in by Paulina Storck to put the Lions back in net. Shelby Puccio—the Lions' leading scorer in 2017—scored her first goal of the year by tapping home the rebound left after a Rose Glass shot to push the lead to 3-1 with 20:16 left.
Penn State Abington managed to come back and score a pair of goals 1:56 apart to send the game to overtime. Haley Miller pulled the visitors within one, taking advantage of a Bryn Athyn turnover on a goal kick. Then, Sarah Eisele tied the game at the 78:21 as she lofted a shot from the corner of the penalty area over the outstretched arms of Allie Warren.
The best scoring chance of overtime when to Perkowski. Sixty seconds into the second overtime, Perkowski broke away from the Lion defense and went in on Warren 1-on-1. Warren won the battle as she stood tall and had Perkowski shoot right at her for the last of her eight saves.
Friend made seven saves for Penn State Abington.
Bryn Athyn heads to Old Westbury for a non-conference clash on Saturday, Sept. 8 at noon.