Eagles Battle to 1-1 Tie Against Wildcats
“I’m really proud of the team today,” stated Head Coach Ashley Hart. “We really stepped out and played well as a team. It was a good way to end the season and I think it was a good way to build things for next season. I thought we attacked well today, we played as a group, created a lot of opportunities and got a good result against a good team. I was proud of the way our team stepped out and fought for 110 minutes today.”
The conference foes played a scoreless first half with Davidson (6-8-5, 2-4-5) holding a 6-3 advantage in shots. Each team took three shots on goal with the Eagles (5-12-1, 2-8-1) striking first two and a half minutes into the contest. Danae Kaimuloa (Escondido, Calif.) threatened forcing Wildcat goalkeeper Jessie Baxa into a save early in the contest. Davidson took its first of two corner kicks at 7:10 and Allison Drutchas got a shot off the corner, but Katie Merson (Albuquerque, N.M.) picked up her first of three saves in the half. Jenny Anderson (Birmingham, Ala.) took the Eagles’ final shot in the half, but was unable to put the Eagles in the lead.
Georgia Southern scored in the seventh minute of the second half to take the early lead. Courtney Collins (Mason, Ohio) set up a pass that Oland capitalized on getting past the keeper to put the Eagles in front 1-0.
Davidson took three shots and a corner before equalizing the score at 1-1 in the 65th minute. Allison Drutchas delivered a cross pass to the left side of the box and Rachel Barnett was able to put a header into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Each team tried to break through in the final minutes with the Eagles taking two shots in the 87th minute and the Wildcats garnering a corner in the 90th minute, but the game was sent into overtime as neither team could break through.
Georgia Southern outshot Davidson 2-0 in the two overtime periods, but was unable to find the back of the net as the Eagles posted their first tie of the season.
Merson finished with three saves, while Missy Meyer (Alpharetta, Ga.) had four stops in 65 minutes of action. Anderson, Kaimuloa and Oland each posted two shots to lead the Eagles, while Drutchas tallied three for the Wildcats.
The final draws for the 2010 Southern Conference Tournament will be released tonight after all teams have concluded regular season play. Complete information on the Women’s Soccer team can be found at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com. Fans can also visit the official facebook page of Georgia Southern Athletics at facebook.com/GSAthletics or twitter.com/GSScores.
- Category: Women's Soccer
- Published on Thursday, 28 October 2010 21:35