Aug. 29, 2003
Junior Denise Thomas scored the gamewinner as the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils defeated the Siena College Saints 2-1 in double-overtime. The game at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. was the first NCAA regular season Division I match-up to be played in 2003.
CCSU (1-0) kicked off the scoring, netting a goal courtesy of Jessica Kelly just 1:20 into the game. Siena (0-1) tied it up with some 16 minutes later as junior Erin DeMatteo (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga) connected on a penalty shot awarded to the Saints at the 28:07 mark.
Although each team made several attempts to put away the game during regulation, neither team was successful, forcing the contest into overtime. Thomas scored the gamewinner off her head on a ball from Sophie Hopper with just 46 seconds left to play in the second overtime period.
The game was evenly matched throughout as each team fired fourteen shots on goal while committing 13 fouls apiece.
Siena keeper Krista Nordmark (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made seven saves in the loosing effort while CCSU goalie Sabrina Mariani recorded four saves in the cage for the Blue Devils.
The Saints will return to action at home next Sunday, September 7 against Saint John's. Game-time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.