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More Overtime Magic for Women’s Soccer in 3-2 Win at VCU

Richmond, Va. – (October 6, 2019) – After Maura Holst used some Coffey Field magic to give Fordham an overtime home win on Thursday, Kristen Cocozza took that magic on the road, as she netted the overtime winner on Sunday in a 3-2 women's soccer win against VCU at SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. With the win, Fordham improved to 3-2 in the Atlantic 10, 4-8-2 overall, with VCU going to 1-4 in the league, 7-5-1 on the year. Fordham didn't wait long to crack the scoreboard, scoring four minutes into the contest. Kristen Cocozza played a ball into the box from the right, which Morgan Busacca was able to lay off to Margaret Roughley near the top of the box. Roughley then immediately shot the ball into the left side of the net for her second goal of the season. The Maroon and White then caught a fortunate bounce on a corner kick in the 27th minute. Juliana Mascelli took the corner kick, which ended up slipping between a defender and the left post for a goal, her first of the year.

Juliana Mascelli

Fordham took that 2-0 lead into the second half, where VCU scored twice in a seven and a half minute stretch to tie the game at two. In the 62nd minute, Susanna Friedrichs ripped a shot just under the crossbar for her fourth goal of the season. Then in the 70th minute, VCU got their fortunate bounce as a cross deflected into the net off Fordham defender Hope Baisley for an own goal. The match remained knotted at two, forcing the game into overtime. Just like Thursday, Fordham took little time to get the game-winner, scoring the deciding marker in the 92nd minute. Marissa Stanco fought her way through a pair of defenders at the right side of the box, crossing the ball to Cocozza on the left side. VCU goalkeeper Brecht Haakma sold out immediately to the left thinking Cocozza would one-time the shot, but Cocozza ended up hitting the shot into the ground first and the ball bounced into the wide open net for her second goal of the year. In net, Fordham's Kelly LaMorte posted six saves in the win, while Haakma had two stops for VCU. The Fordham women's soccer team will next be in action on Sunday, October 13th, as the Rams host Rhode Island for a 1:00 PM match. Fordham will celebrate Senior Day prior to the game.

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