Late Goal Edges Women's Soccer in Season-Opening Heartbreaker
FLORENCE, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women's soccer team delivered three goals in its season opener Tuesday night at Francis Marion, but a Patriots score with seven and a half seconds left in the second overtime handed PC a tough opening defeat, 4-3.
PC moves to 0-1-0 on the young season while Francis Marion improves to 1-1-0.
PC appeared headed for the win late in the final frame. With 1:05 left in the second overtime, Lopez headed a shot on goal but a save from defender Sandy Odembo on the goal line kept the ball out and the game alive. After a PC corner kick, Francis Marion traveled to the other end and scored in the closing seconds.
The match saw four goals scored in a 10-minute span that stretched through the first two halves. PC also owned a 15 to 8 shot on goal advantage and held a 10 to five lead in corner kicks as well. PC's three goals matched the team's highest offensive output since a 3-0 shutout of UNC Asheville on October 9, 2010.
The Blue Hose struck first on the evening. Allen tested Francis Marion goalkeeper Taylor O'Berry early in the contest before breaking through in the 19th minute. Sara Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) found Allen at the top of the 18-yard box and the junior converted, tucking a shot into the left side of the goal to put the Blue Hose ahead, 1-0. The goal also marked the fastest PC score to open a season in the program's Division I history.
Francis Marion answered shortly before halftime, however, as goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) stopped a shot but Kelly Kady cleaned up the rebound to make the score 1-1 with less than four minutes left before the break.
The Blue Hose would not stay behind long. With a minute and a half before the halftime whistle, Taylor Patti (Clover, S.C.) sent a cross into the box and Cobb capitalized, turning a quick shot from five yards away into a 2-1 PC lead at the break.
PC wasted little time in scoring in the next half, finding the back of the net 3:13 after returning to the field. Kelly Kozera (Rome, Ga.) found Lopez for the junior's first goal since missing 2011 with an injury and one that gave the Blue Hose a two-goal advantage, 3-1. The Blue Hose changed goalkeepers at the half as well, with freshman Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas) replacing Broadway.
Francis Marion found an answer two minutes later. Yasmin Bunter played a give-and-go to Dominique Evans from short range and Bunter scored, cutting the Blue hose lead within one, 3-2.
The home side tied the contest in the 71st minute, with Chanel Harris heading in a cross to pull the sides even at 3-3 and help send the match into overtime.
PC returns to action on Friday with a road contest at East Tennessee State University, slated to begin at 7 p.m.