UVM Earns Draw in Opener

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The UVM women's soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with American in their season opener Sunday afternoon at Virtue Field. Aly Spencer scored both goals on penalties for the Catamounts in the game.

Vermont appeared to have taken the lead in the first half when Brooke Jenkins headed a volley into the back netting, but the goal was wiped away on an offside call. The Eagles took advantage, scoring just a few minutes later via Gabriela Maldonado.

But the Cats were determined to work the ball into the box, and on both sides of the break, they drew penalty kicks. Jenkins made up for her earlier error by drawing a foul in the box before halftime, and Ella Bankert was taken down by the keeper on a one-on-one early in the second. Aly Spencer calmly stepped up and converted both penalties to put the Cats in front.

American answered though, with Yari Bradfield tallying the prettiest goal of the day on a header to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.

In the extra periods, Spencer put two shots off the woodwork, one off the bar and one off a post, but neither team scored and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Cats return to action on Friday, August 24th as they host St. Mary's at 7 p.m. as part of the TD Bank Classic.