Women's College Soccer
Rider University 2 Delaware State University 2 (2ot)
DOVER, DE--The Rider University women's soccer team tied Delaware State University 2-2 in double overtime Friday evening in Dover.
"We played well from the 18 to the 18," said head coach Drayson Hounsome. "We just weren't good enough finishing and not good enough defending."
Tied at 1-1, senior Abi Cottam (Leominster, England/Ludlow) scored her first of the season to put the Broncs in the lead with 35 minutes left in regulation off a pass from senior Meghan Mohr (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem HS East) who took the original pass from junior Jennifer Meier (Sayville, NY/St. Anthony's).
Cottam's 23 goals are third most ever at Rider and her 68 career points are also third most on the Bronc all-time scoring list. Meier is now tied for fifth all-time on Rider's all-time scoring list with 36 points.
"That was Abi's first goal of the season," said Hounsome. "Hopefully it is the first of many."
Delaware State (0-6-1) tied the game 2-2 just three minutes later.
Trailing 1-0, Rider (5-1-2) tied the game in the 40th minute on a goal by senior Kelly Sandefur (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist Grammar) from senior Angela Monaco (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem) and the teams went into intermission tied at 1-1. For Sandefur, it was the first goal of her Rider career.
"Kelly's goal was big, that tied the game and got us back in it," said Hounsome. "It's great to see her on the scoresheet."
The Hornets scored one goal in their first six games this year before hitting the back of the net twice Friday night.
Senior goalie Jenn Nichols (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) made one save as Rider out-shot DSU 26-8.
"Delaware State only had three shots on goal and scored twice so that pretty much summarizes how we played defensively," Hounsome added. "When DSU attacked, we weren't good enough and when we attacked (26 shots), we weren't good enough. We missed breakaways and chances we needed to take care of."
The Broncs held a 4-2 corner kick advantage.
Rider is now 1-0-2 in overtime this season.
Rider defeated DSU 4-3 in overtime last year. Rider out-shot DSU 39-6 in that game at Rider in 2011, including 26-4 in shots on goal.
Rider won 3-0 here in Dover in 2010.
Rider and DSU have now met six times, with Rider holding a 5-0-1 advantage in the series that began in 2006.
Rider is undefeated (1-0-2) in its last three games.
Rider now moves into the conference portion of the schedule, hosting Fairfield in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game September 28 at Ben Cohen Field on the Lawrenceville campus.
"I have no idea what to expect from conference play if we play like we did tonight," said Hounsome. "We have some work to do."