Washington hands F&M loss in double overtime
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.
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.