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Allen's GW In OT Lifts Wagner To Victory

Published: September 15, 2019
Pictured Above: Junior midfielder, Le'la Allen (Credit: Dave Saffran)
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Staten Island, NY – The Wagner women's soccer team overcame a 2-1 deficit, getting the game-winning score from junior midfielder Le'La Allen in the first overtime session, and 99th minute overall, in overtaking Iona, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Hameline Field.
The win moves the Seahawks to 2-5 on the season while the Gaels fall to 1-6-1 on the year.



Both teams were trying to find some momentum early on the in the contest.

In the 26', Iona's Faith Preziosi was able to intercept a pass and make a long run down the left side of the field and crossed the ball into the middle of the box where Amber Crispin put a foot on it and got it over the outstretched reach of Wagner freshman goalkeeper, Erin Kelly, as the Gaels took a 1-0 lead.
The Green & White responded swiftly two minutes later. After Wagner was awarded a free kick from approximately twenty yards out, senior tri-captain Maria Nunez stepped up and rocketed a shot towards the upper left corner of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
For Nunez, the goal marked her third of the season and 11th in her Seahawk career.
The Green & White had a chance to go up by a goal in the 35' as junior forward Mya Donnelly served up a high cross that teammate Julia Fitzsimmons was able to track down to place a well-timed header.The ball, however, ball sailed just over the crossbar, keeping the score knotted at 1-1.
The visitors were able to get the go-ahead marker just before the half as Sofia Giamanco was credited with the goal. Iona was able to win the ball back and sprinted on the counter. Mariah Elsenheimer delivered a cross into the box that Kelly was able to get her hands, on but it trickled off the keeper's hands. Giamanco was then able to collect the loose ball and bury the chance as Iona regained the lead, 2-1.
With just ten minutes remaining in regulation, the Gaels were called for a foul inside the box as the officials awarded a penalty kick. Freshman defender, Annie White, was chosen to take the shot for the Green & White. The first-year Seahawk  promtly stepped up and pelted one past a diving Emma Havrilla to even the score at 2-2.
Wagner had a chance with time expiring in regulation as junior Madison Starr took the corner kick with 14 seconds left but Iona's Mackenzie Meixner was able to clear the ball out of the zone as the teams headed to overtime.
On the lone chance in the extra session, Nunez took the corner kick from the right side booted the ball into the box. Following a scrum, Allen collected a deflection off an Iona player in the box, before blasting one past Havrilla to set off a wild Seahawk celebration.

For the game, Wagner outshot Iona, 10-8, while holding a 4-1 edge in set pieces. Kelly made two stops in the contest while her counterpart, Havrilla, made three saves.
The Seahawks close the book on their non-conference schedule on Wednesday, September 18, when they will travel to Philadelphia, PA to tangle with Temple at 7:00 p.m.

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