Women’s soc­cer

Wash­ing­ton hands F&M loss in dou­ble over­time

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — It was Se­nior Day here Saturday on the soc­cer pitch of Roy Kirby Jr. Sta­dium, but it was un­der­class­men — no­tably the Sa­batino twins — who made the most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions in Wash­ing­ton’s 2-1 sud­den vic­tory over con­fer­ence ri­val Franklin & Mar­shall.

Ju­nior for­ward Ari­anna Sa­batino net­ted the golden goal in the 100th minute.

Olivia Sa­batino (16 goals, 10 as­sists) scored Wash­ing­ton’s first goal, es­tab­lish­ing a school record of 42 ca­reer points.

Ari­anna Sa­batino’s gamewin­ner was scored with only 16 sec­onds re­main­ing in the 10-minute sud­den-death pe­riod. She re­ceived a through pass into the mid­dle of the box from sopho­more Cayla Marcinko, deftly moved the ball to the left of a de­fender and booted a shot into the right cor­ner of the net.

Wash­ing­ton de­feated F&M for only the sec­ond time in the 20-year se­ries, though the long­time con­fer­ence ri­vals tied in 2012 (0-0), 2014 (1-1) and 2015 (0-0).

The Shore ladies lev­eled their record at 7-7, one vic­tory away from equal­ing the pro­gram record for wins in a single sea­son.

Wash­ing­ton, led by firstyear head coach Tom Reilly, picked up its sec­ond Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence win of the sea­son af­ter go­ing 0-9 in league matches last year.

Olivia Sa­batino scored the first goal of the af­ter­noon, run­ning on to a long di­ag­o­nal pass through the box from fresh­man Emily Cal­darelli in the 76th minute.

She now has 16 ca­reer goals, one shy of the record held by Meghan Hartzell ‘04.

Wash­ing­ton and F&M (48-1, 1-6-1 CC) traded shots on goal in the 12th minute.

Ari­anna Sa­batino’s shot dinged off the post and Reanna Leoni, who led all play­ers with five shots, was de­nied on a save by Kat Moore.

Moore, a 5-foot-11 se­nior on the Shore ladies’ bas­ket­ball team, is play­ing soc­cer for the first time on the col­lege level. She made her first start Saturday.

Ju­nior Court­ney Col­bert subbed in for Moore in the 30th minute and 5-foot-1 fresh- man An­nalie Bus­carino (4-6) spelled Col­bert in the 60th minute. Each was cred­ited with one save.

The sides were well matched, each fin­ish­ing with two cor­ner kicks and Wash­ing­ton hold­ing a slim 13-12 edge in shots.

Leoni evened the score in the 79th minute, her boom­ing kick from well out­side the box send­ing the ball to the top shelf.

Each side got off one more shot over the fi­nal 11 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion, Olivia Sa­batino with 82:16 elapsed and Is­abella Raspa with all but 58 sec­onds gone.

Wash­ing­ton had the only two shots of ex­tra time.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Team­mates con­grat­u­late Wash­ing­ton ju­nior Ari­anna Sa­batino on her game-win­ning goal in the 100th minute Saturday against Franklin & Mar­shal while a par­ti­san crowd, in­clud­ing play­ers and coaches of the Shore­men’s soc­cer team, cel­e­brate the over­time vic­tory.

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