Zerfoss strike gives NU double-overtime win over USF

Jordan Baron, sports editor

The Huskies improved their record to 3-4 on the season with a 2-1 double-overtime win over the University of San Francisco Sunday thanks to a late goal from senior Kerri Zerfoss.

The story of the game was the Northeastern defense, who held the Dons (5-3) to 14 shots in the game, including both overtimes. The Huskies, on the other hand, kept a constant pressure on the USF defense and goaltender, totalling 22 attempted shots.

The first half began with heavy pressure from the NU offense. The Huskies put up four shots within the first 10 minutes with zero offensive response from the Dons. USF senior goalkeeper Olivia Camera racked up three saves within the same time frame, holding the Huskies scoreless through their first offensive drive.

The remainder of the first half was a back-and-forth scoreless game. The Huskies put up 10 shots within the opening 45 minutes, but Camera continued to impress, finishing the first period with five of her eight total saves.

The scoreless deadlock would be broken by USF in the second half. Just before the clock struck 58 minutes, USF redshirt senior midfielder Samantha Jehnings received a long right side pass from freshman forward Mariah Diaz. Jehnings jumped up and pivoted her body to head the ball into the right side of the goal past the diving arms of NU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Megan Adams to give USF a 1-0 lead.

The game was far from over, however. Just past the 70th minute, the Huskies lined up for a corner kick by junior defender Mikenna McManus. The ball landed in the middle of the pack in front of the goal and deflected off the arms of USF keeper Camera before hitting the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The own-goal forced the game into two overtimes before the Huskies finally triumphed in the 108th minute. NU junior forward Chelsea Domond streaked up the right side and sidestepped a USF defender before striking a pass to Zerfoss on the front left side of the goal. Zerfoss met the cross on the run and, in one fluid motion, shot and scored into the middle of the goal to give the Huskies a 2-1 win. It was Zerfoss’ second goal of the season.

The double-overtime win improved the Huskies record to 3-4 and put a halt to their three-game losing streak. Domond led the team with seven shots on the day, and Adams finished with five saves.

The Huskies will look to keep the winning momentum going Thursday when they face Yale (4-2) at home.