Photo courtesy of Mike Keating
CENTRAL, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team fought back to force double-overtime, but ultimately fell in extra time in their Conference Carolinas opener at Southern Wesleyan 4-3 on Saturday (Sept. 8).
Game summary - Southern Wesleyan got on the board early with a goal in the sixth minute, with Rachel Curtis scoring her second of the year on a breakaway to put the home team ahead. Curtis would set up Ashley Romanowski in the 23rd minute to put the Warriors up 2-0, and SWU would take the 2-0 lead to the half. Joy Namyst would score her second of the season in the 71st minute to pad SWU's lead to 3-0. The Bobcats would push back just minutes later, with Autumn Esposito scoring her first of the season in the 74th minute off a cross into the box by Lauren Paulsen. Down 3-1, the Bobcats would continue to press. It would pay off shortly after in the 77th minute, when Katie Jo Daniel found the back of the net to make it 3-2 off an assist from Esposito. As the match ticked down into its final 13 minutes, it was Esposito again through a crowd off another Paulsen assist to tie the match at three in the 87th minute and send the LMC bench into a frenzy. The two teams played a scoreless first overtime period, and went on to a second 10-minute frame. After a turnover in the midfield in the 102nd minute, SWU was able to push the pace and gain possession, setting up in the box. The ball found the foot of Romanowski, before Feely came out to challenge the shooter. Feely made one point-blank save and then another, before Romanowski was able to poke the third attempt past Feely for the 2OT winner.
Stats rundown - The Bobcats out-shot Southern Wesleyan 30-18 in the contest, registering 30 total shots for the first time since Oct. 31, 2014 when they logged 33 shots in a 4-0 win over Emmanuel (Ga.). LMC put 11 of those shots on net compared to nine for SWU. Daniel and Tegan Dean each took six shots in the match, while Esposito and Alexa Todd each registered four. Three other Bobcats recorded two shots each, while another four tallied one shot apiece. Lees-McRae also totaled 15 corner kicks compared to three for SWU. Feely (0-4-0) made seven saves between the pipes in the contest.
Up next - The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 11) when they take on North Greenville on the road for a 5 p.m. kickoff.