KENNESAW, Ga. (October 17, 2008)- Despite playing with great effort and toughness the ETSU women's soccer team fell just short Friday night, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Atlantic Sun Conference rival Kennesaw State, at the KSU Soccer Complex. ETSU drops to 5-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in A-Sun play, while KSU improves to 8-4-4 overall and 3-2-2 in league action.
"I thought throughout the entire match our players played hard and really got after KSU," said head coach Heather Henson. "Sometimes in soccer you have breaks during a game that just doesn't go your way and tonight was one of those contests. During the match we had a shot that hit just off the post and then we had some other scoring chances that Kennesaw's goalkeeper made some outstanding saves on. Overall, I'm proud of our team. Just like in our last match our back unit stayed disciplined and did a great job slowing down scoring opportunities for their offense, which in return gave our offense a chance to win the match."
ETSU opened the scoring midway through the first half, as freshman forward Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) found the back of the net for her season's second goal in the 25th minute. The ETSU newcomer's goal came as freshman defender Jessica Hiltenbrand (Bartlett) threw-in a pass to sophomore forward Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla.), which was then passed to Petersen who fired the shot over the head of KSU keeper Staci Pugh.
However, KSU would not go down without a fight, as the Owls' Beth Meadors headed in a corner kick by Caroline Ausin, tying the game in the 50th minute. Both teams would continue to battle for possession the remainder of the half, sending the game into the 10-minute golden-goal overtime period.
In the extra frame the Bucs came out firing, as sophomore midfielder Jessica Huntington (Newport News, Va.) got a hold of a shot from 20-yards out that would be deflected off of Pugh, unfortunately the KSU keeper would quickly gather the loose ball for the Owls. Then with less than three minutes to play in the opening overtime period Kennesaw's Brittany Vining crossed a pass to Rachel Baer, who knocked home her 10th goal of the season, giving the Owls the win.
"One thing that stood out tonight was how well some of our players stepped-up when we needed it," said Henson. "With some off our veterans out, we had girls playing different positions and I was proud to see how well they handled that despite the loss."
ETSU has now played in two straight overtime matches, giving the Bucs four extra period contests on the season. The Bucs look to return to their winning ways as they travel to face league leading Mercer, with a 2:00 p.m., kickoff Sunday, at the Bears Field.
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