|October 19, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|MER||87:28||Sarah Adcock (Jasmine Spence )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||110:00||2||8|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||MER|
|Shots (on Goal)||13 (9)||25 (10)|
MACON, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2018) – For the second time this season, ETSU women’s soccer fell victim to a game-tying goal scored with under three minutes to go as Mercer shocked the Bucs in double-overtime with a 2-1 victory.
The game’s first goal came in the 66th minute of action as ETSU junior defender Elena Pisani (Milan, Italy) scored her first goal of the season following a corner kick from Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales).
Mercer (9-5-4, 4-2-2) answered late with 2:32 showing on the clock to tie the game, as Sarah Adcock scored off an assist from Jasmine Spence to force the two extra time periods. This felt like déjà vu for ETSU (7-10, 5-3), as an overtime road loss at Samford happened in similar fashion.
In the second overtime period, the Bears sent the home crowd home happy with a golden goal by Alina McCue — leaving ETSU empty-handed despite holding the lead for over 20 minutes.
Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) recorded eight saves in a strong effort despite the loss. Cutshall now has 213 career saves and needs six to break the all-time career record at ETSU held by Jasmine Elliot (2013-16) with 218.
With the loss, ETSU remains in third place in the SoCon standings with 15 points. Mercer moved into fourth place with the win at 14 points. Chattanooga (13), Furman (12) and Western Carolina (12) lurk behind both teams and remain in striking distance for a top-four seed.
The Bucs can no longer finish higher than third place, as Samford and UNCG have each locked the top two seeds. With one game left, a win in ETSU’s regular season finale secures the three seed and a home game, while a loss could put the Bucs’ quarterfinal home game at risk.
ETSU closes the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 21 against The Citadel. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Charleston, S.C.
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