BOSTON – The Northeastern women’s soccer team is no stranger to overtime games this season, but it wasn’t until Thursday’s 3-2 win at Towson when the Huskies finally came out victorious after heading into overtime.
Shayna Blackwood received a pass in traffic from Morgan Hilby and buried the game-winning goal into the bottom-right corner 7:30 into overtime.
Blackwood’s third goal of the season improved the Huskies’ overall record to 5-7-3 (5-1-0 CAA). Northeastern also notched its first overtime win in six tries, as the Huskies are 1-2-3 in extra periods.
Northeaster grabbed an early 1-0 lead on Nicole Wilkins’ first career goal, a blast from 25-yards out that put the Huskies on top just 4:36 into the game.
Hanna Terry increased the NU lead to 2-0 when she beat Towson keeper Erin Quinn in the 18th minute for her third goal of the season.
The Tigers (7-9-1, 2-5-0 CAA) got on the board when Natalia Pinkney found the back of the net in the 26th minute, but the Huskies carried a 2-1 lead into halftime thanks in large part to a 6-2 advantage in shots.
Towson opened the second half with an aggressive attack and fired three shots in period’s first eight minutes.
Northeastern staved off the Tiger surge and NU freshman Haley Sinclair nearly gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead when she drilled a shot off the crossbar in the 80th minute.
Meanwhile, NU goalkeeper Paige Burnett made four saves through the first 38 minutes of the second half, but Towson’s Taylor Knier’s first goal of the season knotted the game, 2-2, in the 83rd minute.
Morgan Hilby almost reclaimed the lead for the Huskies in the 88th minute, but her shot attempt off a corner kick was stopped by Quinn.
Towson managed just one shot in overtime while the Huskies tallied three shots in extra period before Blackwood’s game-winning score.
Burnett finished the game with seven saves in the winning effort and Terry led all players with four shots.
The Huskies return to Parsons Field when they round out the regular season with consecutive home matches beginning with James Madison University on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. NU then hosts William & Mary on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.