Final Score: Riverhawks 0, Howard Community College 0 – After 2OT
Updated Records: AACC 1-2-1 overall, 0-1-1 conference. Howard 3-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 conference
Location: Howard Community College – Columbia, MD
Box Score: Found here
Facing the NJCAA DIII Region 20 Dragons of Howard Community College would mark the first Divisional & Regional/Conference match-up of the season for the Riverhawks.
Proving the great competition that was expected, the first half brought steady action from both teams. As the first half concluded the score was 0-0 with each team recording almost identical stats.
The story changed during the second half as the Dragons completely opened fire – out shooting the Riverhawks 19-2. Despite their relentless attacks Riverhawk goalkeeper Deanna Valerien (Gambrills, MD/North County), better known as De, held strong for her team, keeping the score at 0-0 as time expired.
As the first overtime produced few opportunities for each team, the match would continue on into a double overtime period. The Dragons were able to place themselves in multiple scenarios to get the win but once again, Valerien maintained her dominance in front of the goal.
The 0-0 final had Howard outshooting AACC 35-9, but De would finish with an unbelievable 22 saves – a statistic that now has her ranked number one for saves in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO).
The Riverhawks next match up will be two games back to back this weekend, facing the NJCAA DIII Region XV Tigers of the Fashion Institute of Technology on Saturday at 11:00 am and then the NJCAA DIII Region XV Lions of Nassau Community College on Sunday at 11:00 am. All part of the Dragon Invitational Tournament, the Riverhawks will be traveling back to host Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.
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