ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Down a player, on the road in overtime and with the Peach Belt Conference title on the line, No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State turned to reigning PBC Player of the Year Kristina Pascutti to deliver the game-winner as the Pirates knocked off Flagler 3-2.
Thanks to Pascutti’s game-winner and a 3-0 win by North Georgia earlier in the day against Lander, the Pirates (14-1-1, 10-0-0) locked up their third consecutive regular season PBC title. It also extended Armstrong’s school-record winning streak to 14 and kept the Pirates unbeaten in regular season conference play in its last 24 matches. Meanwhile, Flagler (7-6-3, 2-6-2 PBC) saw its winless streak stretch to seven with the loss.
A back-and-forth affair began quickly for the host Saints as Jessie Uvalle’s kick from 12 yards out slipped underneath the defense and into the back of the net in the second minute, putting Flagler up 1-0.
Armstrong answered back quickly with two goals in just over a minute. Amber Raney headed in a rebound in the 14th minute to draw even, followed by a Pascutti shot that curled just inside the far post. The 15th-minute goal gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Lindsay Zullo drew the Saints even in the 22nd minute as she ran onto a chip from Kyhla Brangman and beat the keeper one-on-one, which put the score at 2-2 heading into halftime.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the second half, and the Pirates went a player down for the first time in program history when senior Courtney Cawley drew her second yellow card of the match and was ejected in the 74th minute.
Armstrong collected the game-winner just five minutes into overtime. Junior A’shanae Monroe played the ball into the box from the right side and tapped a pass across the goal to Pascutti, who put the ball home for the game-winner.
“[Wednesday] we overcame a tremendous amount of adversity to win our third [consecutive] Peach Belt Conference regular season title,” Armstrong head coach Eric Faulconer said. “Our players worked so hard for this, not only [Wednesday], but all season. I couldn’t be prouder of their effort. All credit to Flagler, who played an excellent game. They make St. Augustine a tough destination for anyone to play in the Peach Belt.”
The Pirates held a 17-5 edge in shots for the match and enjoyed an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Armstrong’s Morgan Luckie made one save for the Pirates while Flagler’s Christina Coca tallied six saves for the Saints.