Photo courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team suffered a gut-wrenching overtime loss to visiting Mount Olive 4-3 in overtime on Saturday (Sept. 29).
Game Summary - Mount Olive struck in the fourth minute for the opening goal when Kaylee Larson set up Jaelyn Brown for her fourth of the season. The Bobcats would knot the game at one-all after a corner kick from Pali Smith was cleared right to Tegan Dean. The sophomore stashed home her first collegiate goal in the 21st minute, beating Mount Olive's keeper low left for the score. The Trojans would re-gain the lead in the 39th minute when a Lees-McRae foul just outside the box set up Elena Esparica on the far edge for a free kick. Esparica was able to bend her free kick just enough to get over LMC keeper Alexis Feely for her first of the season. Mount Olive would take their 2-1 lead to the half. The Bobcats would tie the match yet again when Sarah Giarusso made a run into the box before being taken down and being awarded a penalty kick. The sophomore scored her first career goal on the attempt, drawing the match even in the 61st minute. Giarusso would put the Bobcats ahead with her second of the game in the 71st minute, deflecting a ball past Mount Olive keeper Marlayna Frutiger that was sent in by Lauren Paulsen. As the minutes ticked down, the Trojans mounted one final push. After being awarded a free kick about 40 yards out, Mount Olive pushed their 10 field players into the box, and had Frutiger take the free kick. The Trojan goalkeeper lofted a perfect ball that was saved and deflected off the cross bar by Feely. Brown was there to tap it home for her second of the game, tying the match in the 89th minute. The two teams would head to overtime, and almost completed a full extra session before a hustle play from Jordyn Davis created a 2-on-1 with keeper Feely and a defender. Davis crossed the ball over to Kaylee Mariani who scored her first of the season in the 97th minute to get the Trojans the win.
Stats Rundown - Mount Olive held a slim 14-13 edge in shots, and also a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal. Alexa Todd led the Bobcats with four shots total putting two on goal, while two of Giarusso's three total shots were on frame. Six other Bobcats each recorded one shot in the contest. Feely (0-9-0) made nine saves in the loss. LMC also out-worked Mount Olive in corner kicks eight to three.
Up Next - The Bobcats continue their homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 3) when they host Newberry in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. at Tate Field.