BUFFALO, NY - It was a bittersweet day for the Buffalo women's soccer team (1-4-1), who honored its seven seniors Sunday evening at UB Stadium but could not pull out the win, losing 1-0 in double overtime to Niagara (1-2). The loss is the team's third in a row by a 1-0 score.
Before the match, Buffalo's final non-conference home game, the team honored its seven graduating seniors: Angela Nicholas, Shannon Algoe, Carolyn McNamara, Taylor Thompson, Katie Kerr, Shannon Fisher, and Stephanie Velez. Each member of the class earned the start, with McNamara making her first career start. Velez was the leading producer for the UB seniors statistically, after attempting three shots and coming close on a number of occasions to breaking the team's scoring drought.
In the 44th minute, Megan Giesen almost cracked the scoring column, putting a loping, bending shot to the high right post but it was knocked away. Oppotunities were not lacking for the team, but the game of inches and split-second decisions continued to go against the Bulls. Neither team found much luck on goal until the very last minutes of the game, when a Kristin Markiewicz header off a corner kick in the 88th minute hit the upper post, hit just shy of paydirt and was kicked away to send the game to overtime.
After an uneventful first overtime period, the Bulls had another encouraging opportunity in the 107th minute thanks to a foul that gave UB a free kick from 25 yards out and straight on with the goal. Sophie Therien's attempts would go just wide, and the Eagles would score just under three minutes later to end the game with the golden goal.
In the match, Buffalo held a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Shannon Algoe attempted four shots, many coming on free kicks, and put one on frame. Ainsley Wheldon made two saves and again was commanding with the Niagara crosses into the box.
The team will have a well-deserved break before heading out next. The team will turn right around and head to Niagara University for a two-game tournament on Sept. 14 and 16. First up for the team is Robert Morris on Friday the 14 before capping the weekend with a game against St. Francis (PA).