Murray Scores Game-Winning Goal in Overtime Victory at Siena

Murray Scores Game-Winning Goal in Overtime Victory at Siena

How It Happened:

Nicole Brennan started off the scoring for the Rams in the 28th minute of the game to give Rhody a 1-0 lead. The goal was scored off a deflected shot by Lucy Gildein

Siena tied up the game in the 42nd minute when Taylor D'Alfonso put the ball in the left part of the net on a pass from Brittany Pfaff.

Both teams went scoreless in the second half, resulting in the Rams and Saints heading into an overtime period. The game-winning goal was eventually scored by Rhody freshman Donika Murray which ended the game.

After the game head coach Michael Needham was very excited about his team's play.

"I was pleased with our team today, we were on the road with horrible weather, in overtime," Needham said. "It was a really gutsy effort and I am a very proud coach this evening. This was not our best performance today from a pure soccer standpoint however, the passion, urgency and commitment we played with was outstanding. We were adaptable and that is a big piece of the puzzle as we approach conference play in a couple of weeks. Go Rhody!"

Inside the Box Score:

  • With the win, Rhode Island improves to 4-3-0, while Siena drops to 3-3-0 overall.
  • Rhode Island trailed 11-10 in total shots, but lead 6-4 in shots on goal. 
  • Siena out-cornered the Rams, 6-3.
  • The Rams also committed nine fouls to Siena's seven.

Additional Notes:

  • Rhode Island is now 3-1-0 all time against Siena and 2-0-0 under head coach Michael Needham.
  • The win improved URI's record to 2-1-0 on the road this season. 
  • Brennan's goal was her third of the season and her career. Her point total now stands at seven, which is tied for second on the team.
  • Murray's goal was also her third of the season and it was her first game-winning goal of her career. She now has six total points on the season.
  • Goalkeeper Reilly Lindsey improved her season record to 2-2-0, playing all 92:16 of the game.

Up Next:
The Rams travel to play Army on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.