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Caruso's Game-Winning PK Goal Gives Fontbonne Its Seventh Straight Shutout Win

Caruso's Game-Winning PK Goal Gives Fontbonne Its Seventh Straight Shutout Win

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's soccer team extended its shutout streak out to seven on an overtime penalty-kick goal off the foot of Daniele Caruso against Westminster.

Just two minutes and 59 seconds into overtime, the Blue Jays were called for a handball in the box. Caruso stepped up and scored to the left corner of the net, her third on the year, giving Fontbonne the 1-0 win.

Overall, the Griffins (9-5-1; 6-0 SLIAC) controlled the game throughout with a 21-7 shot advantage. Caruso led with eight shot attempts, while Molly Kovarik had five. Makayla Hussong improved to 5-3 after making four saves and now hasn't allowed a goal in her last 432:00 minutes.

Westminster (8-5-1; 4-2 SLIAC), got two shots each from Kate Ponder and Lexi Hart. In net, Sarah Cardick made seven saves.

In the first, the Griffins had a 7-3 shot advantage, though never found the back of the net to keep it a 0-0 game after 45:00 minutes of action.

In the second, Fontbonne had a great chance for goal on a header, but defender Isabel Peng kicked the ball away near the goal-line in the 55th minute.

The Griffins had another opportunity off a free-kick from Caruso near the 60th minute, however, it was Cradick being in the right spot to make the save.

Fontbonne continued its offensive pressure as the clock ticked away. Kovarik had quite a few scoring chances late, but Cradick came up big when needed and it was off to OT.

In OT, the Griffins kept pushing the offense up and eventually it paid off with a handball in the box, allowing Caruso to net her first collegiate game-winning goal.

The Griffins return to action at home on Saturday against Iowa Wesleyan. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m., on Senior Day.

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