PHILADELPHIA – Freshman forward Dena Noiseux's (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) first career goal with less than six minutes left in regulation helped the Philadelphia University women's soccer team secure a 2-2 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) draw at Holy Family in the season opener Thursday afternoon on Tiger Field.
After Holy Family (0-0-1, 0-0-1 CACC) took a 2-1 lead at the 61:05 mark, Philadelphia (0-0-1, 0-0-1 CACC) controlled the run of play, taking six shots at the Tiger net and attempting three corner kicks. The Rams' consistent pressure paid off as Noiseux found an opening at the top of the Tigers' 18-yard box and beat keeper Sienna Smith for the equalizer with 5:23 remaining.
Holy Family had the best opportunity at the match-winner with 1:49 left in the first extra time session as Stefanie Ulmer hit the crossbar and Ashley Shackleford's rebound attempt sailed wide.
Alex Reyes (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) scored Philadelphia's first goal of the 2016 campaign with 5:07 remaining before halftime to put the Rams ahead 1-0. Reyes snuck a shot from the left wing just under the crossbar for the goal.
The Tigers came back to take a 2-1 second-half lead as they took advantage of two Rams fouls in a 1:48 span.
At 59:17, Holy Family was awarded a penalty kick for a Philadelphia foul in the penalty area. Shackleford converted the kick to even the score. Shannon Metzler put the Tigers in the lead as she headed home an Alyssa Christiansen free kick at the 61:05 mark.
In her first game for Philadelphia, Deanna Messner (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood)—a transfer from Kutztown—made eight saves. Smith finished with 10 stops for the Tigers. Holy Family owned a 23-15 shot advantage.
Philadelphia heads to Queens (N.Y.) for a non-conference match on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m.