|October 05, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|SAM||92:27||Erin Bonner (Alyssa Frazier )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||92:25||2||6|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||SAM|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (6)||22 (8)|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2018) – The ETSU women’s soccer team nearly pulled its biggest win of the season Friday night at Samford, but two late goals in the final minutes pushed the Bulldogs past the Bucs 2-1 in overtime.
ETSU had the tall task of facing Southern Conference leader and preseason favorite Samford on the road and nearly pulled the win — but a late goal with 49 seconds to go and an overtime header in the 93rd minute allowed Samford to remain atop the SoCon standings at 4-0-1.
With the heartbreaking loss, ETSU falls to 3-1 in SoCon play and snaps a four-game win streak dating back to the SoCon opener against Furman on Sept. 21. Tonight also marks ETSU's first overtime game of the season and also the first since defeating Mercer 1-0 in a 2017 overtime match.
With neither team breaking through after 70 minutes, the Bucs seized an open opportunity and took the lead, as senior Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales) scored in the 72nd minute for her second goal of the season.
From the midfield line, Dodge drove and created space before launching a shot from over 30-yards away over a diving goalkeeper and into the top-left corner of the twine.
Just when the game seemed to be in hand, Samford arrived at the 11th hour to stay alive as Erin Bonner found the net with 49 seconds remaining in the game. The equalizer would send the game to overtime.
In the third minute of extra time, Bonner headed one in for her second goal in less than four minutes, changing the entire story of the game, sending the home crowd happy and stunning the Buccaneers.
Senior Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) came up with six saves between the pipes before Samford scored with less than a minute to go, nearly finishing her fourth shutout of the season.
The two sides battled in a fairly-even first half. Samford posted most of the early shots in the game to take an 8-5 shot advantage into the half, but ETSU earned the later opportunities before the whistle to tally four shots on goal to Samford’s three.
The Bulldogs went on the attack in the second half with 10 unanswered shots, but only two of the 10 were on target with both shots landing in the arms of Cutshall. ETSU finally took its first shot of the second half in the 72nd minute — the go-ahead score from Dodge.
The Bucs look to get back in the win column this Sunday afternoon on Oct. 7 against in-state rival Chattanooga. Kickoff from Finley Stadium in Chattanooga is set for 2 p.m.
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