Lady Braves And Trojans Battle To A 1-1 Draw
MOUNT OLIVE – A goal by junior Andrea Collèn in the 88th minute pushed the contest to overtime, but neither team was able to score in the extra frames as the UNCP women's soccer team tied Mount Olive, 1-1, in double overtime on Wednesday evening in Mount Olive.
"We came out and we were not ready to play. Mount Olive was clearly the better team in the first half," said UNCP head coach Lars Andersson. "They came ready to play, they came prepared and they came hungy. We were very fortunate not to be down by two or three goals at halftime. But, we regrouped and came back with more intensity in the second half. We continued to fight and we were able to sneak one in at the last minute. Both teams had some quality chances in overtime, but couldn't capitalize."
Mount Olive's Sarah Porter knocked the game's first goal in during the 44th minute and the Trojan's defense was able to keep UNCP's offense at bay for nearly the entire game. Collèn took a corner kick from freshman Amalia Arvidsson and slipped it past Mount Olive's Lyndsey McIntyre to give the Lady Braves new life with under two minutes to play, but neither team was able to push a goal across in the extra stanzas.
The goal by Collèn was her third of the season and the assist by Arvidsson was her second of the season. Both athletes are now tied for the team lead with eight points and they have each recorded three goals and two assists on the year.
Sophomore Britney Bennett recorded nine saves over the 110 minutes in the contest.
UNCP will head to Columbus, Ga., on Friday to open the Peach Belt Conference portion of their schedule against Columbus State.