Women's Soccer Comes from Behind for Double OT win at ETSU

Jessica Rix
Jessica Rix

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The Belmont women's soccer team (3-7, 2-2 A-Sun) finished its first Atlantic Sun travel weekend on a high note, picking up a 3-2 double overtime win at ETSU (6-3-1, 2-1 A-Sun).  

Neither team was able to get on the board in the first half as Belmont outshot ETSU 8-3 in the half.

In the second half, sophomore Laura Harris (Macon, Ga.) gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute as she knocked in a loose ball off of a corner kick from classmate Lauren Paynter (Danville, Ky.).  However, one minute later, the Lady Bucs knotted the score with a goal from Terri Miller.

ETSU grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the 81st minute but six minutes later, senior Marcela Sanchez (Hendersonville, Tenn.) found the back of the net with the help of a corner kick by Paynter.  

The game would go into overtime as neither team was able to net a game-winner late in regulation.  Finally in the second overtime, the Bruins caught a break as a 35-yard free kick from senior Jessica Rix (Carmel, Ind.) slipped past an ETSU defender and keeper Megan Masch to give Belmont the 3-2 victory in the 106th minute.

"Today's game was exactly the kind we had been losing; very close contests.  For us to tie in the last five minutes and get the win in overtime was exactly what we had been waiting for," said Head Coach Lisa Howe.  "All three of our goals were off set plays and we had been practicing those all week.  It just goes to show how important they are."

"I am really proud of our senior centerbacks scoring today.  For us to get a win against ETSU, one of the best teams in the conference, we had to have people step up and our centerbacks did.  We did today exactly what it takes to win in this conference," Howe said.

Freshman Nicole Berner (Randolph, N.J.) went the distance between the posts for the Bruins, logging over 106 minutes and recording three saves.

ETSU held the narrow advantage in shots, 17-14, but Belmont held the advantage in corner kicks, dominating 11-3.

Belmont returns to action on Thursday, September 30 at the Whitten Soccer Complex.  Match time is slated for 6:30 p.m. and live stats will be available.