HOBOKEN, N.J. – Lindsay O’Keefe recorded a hat-trick as the No. 2 TCNJ women’s soccer team fought back from a second-half deficit to tie NYU 4-4 on Friday afternoon in Matchday 1 of the FIFA Cup engineering organized by Stevens.
O’Keefe scored the only goal of the first half, netting in the 10e minute on a stream of Victoria d’Imperio to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage.
The fireworks came in the second. The teams traded goals for just over a minute early in the half. Kelli Keady scored with a header off the crossbar after a cross into the box to level the score at 1-1 in the 49e minute, but O’Keefe scored his second of the match on a penalty in the 50e minute.
It gave O’Keefe his first career multi-goal game, and it wasn’t his last of the day.
Before that, however, NYU scored the next two goals to move past the Lions. Keady scored his second goal of the game to level the score at 2-2 in 58e minute, and NYU took the lead on a Catie Collins penalty in the 68e minute.
It was the first of a series of four goals over the next six minutes. Gianna Minerve tied the score at 3-3 with a blast from outside the 18-yard box in the 71st minute.
NYU’s Julie Beedle scored on a post rebound in the 73rd minute to give NYU a 4-3 lead, but O’Keefe came back a minute later to even the score at 4-4.
This last goal came from a Emma Pascarella corner kick into the box, and O’Keefe put it down for his third of the contest. Sophie Viera scored TCNJ’s final hat trick against Westfield State in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Although the game was officially tied, the Lions earned the extra points in the Engineering Cup standings by winning an exhibition PK shootout per rule.
The TCNJ concludes the Engineering Cup on Sunday against Redlands at 12 p.m.