CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College’s Preston Robinette tied the game with a goal in the 86th minute to force overtime with Charleston Southern on Wednesday night. However, the Buccaneers (4-1-1, 1-0) escaped with the 3-2 win over the Blue Hose (5-3, 0-2) courtesy of a 96th minute, fast-break goal from Emily Kifer.
How It Happened
The Blue Hose got out to a fast start with plenty of possession and time spent in the offensive zone. Freshman Kori Lawrence put PC ahead 1-0 at the 19:30 mark with an assist from Robinette. It was her first goal of the season and Robinette’s third assist.
The turning point in the match was in the 53rd minute when Charleston Southern fouled Lawrence in the box on a corner kick. Senior Mallory Hopkins stepped up to take the penalty kick, but the Buccaneers’ Jazmin Gonzalez saved it and stole the momentum for the visitors.
About ten minutes later, at the 64:27 mark, Riley Rumbley scored her first goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. The freshman found the back of the net again just six minutes later, at 70:58, with a one-time shot off a pass from Addie Bokelman to give the visitors their first lead of the night at 2-1.
The Blue Hose continued to battle to the cheers of the home crowd and were able to find an equalizer with less than five minutes remaining. Robinette took a curling shot from just outside the 18-yard box that found the upper left corner and beat Gonzalez to make it 2-2.
At the end of regulation, PC led on shots, 19-13, and on corner kicks, 10-3. Megan Serrano had five saves compared to Gonzalez’s seven saves.
Almost halfway into the first 10-minute overtime period, the Bucs’ Kifer found herself on the end of a leading pass. She took a lucky touch past the PC defense that deflected back into her path and finished the fast break by tucking the ball past Serrano and into the right side of the net. It was her first goal of the season.
Presbyterian College hosts UNC Asheville on September 26 at 7 p.m. at Martin Stadium.