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Gannon Athletics | September 28, 2013

Gannon hands No. 9 Millersville first loss

ERIE, Pa. -- Britney Barry's first career goal 3:26 into overtime gave Gannon a thrilling 2-1 victory against ninth-ranked Millersville Friday afternoon at Gannon University Field.

Gannon needed only one shot to end Friday's contest after reaching the extra session. The Lady Knights were granted a corner kick after a rush up field. Mani Brueckner's corner kick into traffic was redirected by Barry. Her shot was hit out of the goal by the hand of a Millersville defender which would have resulted in a penalty kick. But the referee and linesman indicated that the ball crossed the goal line before the hand ball, giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 victory.

The two goals scored during regulation came 48 seconds apart. Sammy Valloud gave Gannon a 1-0 lead with an athletic play 8:44 into the second half. The sophomore took a pass from Brueckner and redirected it in mid-air past the Millersville goalkeeper for her first score of the season.

However, Millersville tied the affair at one during its next rush. Megan Wilson and Sara Cressman created a two-on-one opportunity. Wilson drew the defender and passed to a wide-open Cressman, who scored easily into an open net on the left side.

Both teams had chances to score the winning goal in regulation. Millersville goalkeeper Olivia Webber recorded four saves during the final 34 minutes, including one on Brueckner with 51 seconds remaining. Sarah Geffel turned away a pair of Marauders' scoring chances after the regulation goals.

Gannon out-shot Millersville 16-12, including a 10-4 advantage during the second half. The Lady Knights held a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks while both squads committed five fouls each. Webber finished with six saves while Geffel turned away four scoring opportunities.

Gannon improved to 4-2 overall and within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with Friday's victory. Millersville suffered its first loss of the season. The Marauders are now 5-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in conference action.

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