Riedell nets game-winner as Lady Rams advance; Defeat Post 1-0 in overtime

Chelsea Riedell
Chelsea Riedell

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Back Chelsea Riedell scored 2:12 into overtime to give the top-seeded Philadelphia University women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over eighth seed Post University Tuesday afternoon in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) tournament quarterfinal match on Ravenhill Field.

The Lady Rams (15-2-2) will take on fourth seed Georgian Court University, a 5-1 winner over fifth seed Chestnut Hill, in a CACC semifinal Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Tickets for the match are $6 for adults, $3 for children, senior citizens and students with ID. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted free.

Riedell's goal, her second of the year, came on the Rams' ninth corner kick attempt of the contest. Midfielder Melissa Copeland lofted the corner and had it hit midfielder Nicole Van Bourgondien's head. The ball came to Riedell who knocked it into the net for the game-winner. Copeland and Van Bourgondien both assisted on the play.

In goal, Philadelphia's Kelli Kowalewski faced four shots; however, none of them were on target. Grace McConnell was stellar in the Post (6-8-2) net by making 15 saves.  The Lady Rams heavily outshot the Eagles, 36-4. Philadelphia also owned a 9-2 corner kick advantage, 8-0 after halftime.

Both teams came close to scoring the game-winner in the second half. In the 49th minute forward Trisha Sileo hit the crossbar from the right wing.  Twenty minutes later Post's  Sabrina Sinopoli dinged the crossbar and Elin Nyman pushed her shot attempt on the ensuing rebound wide. McConnell came up a one-handed save on a 79th-minute shot by Janine Cascio to keep the match scoreless.