Women's Soccer Fall In Overtime
Huntington, W. Va. - Southern Miss women's soccer almost created an incredible comeback against Marshall but fell short in the first minute of overtime in a 4-3 loss.
Golden Eagles got its offense rolling in the second half, but would have to come from three goals down against the Herd. Rene Ross gave the Herd a 1-0 lead going into halftime after her goal in the 36th minute of play. Ross tapped the ball in off a cross from Ashley Seltzer. Jordan Sackaris and Gabby Powers extended the Herd's lead early in the second before the Golden Eagles would get on the board.
The comeback began when Ola Akinniyi chipped the goalkeeper in the 67th minute for her fourth goal of the season. Akinniyi began the game at defense but later moved forward in order to create more opportunities for the Golden Eagles. Akinniyi's speed off the ball allowed her to get in behind the defense after Karen Torres fed her a ball outside the 18 to allow Akinniyi to slip it past Megan Bonelli for her second goal of the game.
Stephanie Garcia forced overtime for the Golden Eagles after Akinniyi linked with Miah Zuazua on the left side of the pitch. Zuazua took on a pair of defenders, drove into the box and served a cross for Garcia to head into the back of the net for her third goal of the season in the 87th minute.
Sackaris stripped the ball from Kendell Mindnich in goal to give the Herd the game-winning goal in the 91st minute.
Sunday's game was the second game in a row the Golden Eagles was forced into an overtime situation.
Akinniy and Becky McMullan are now tied with five goals each this season, the most on the Golden Eagles side. Zuazua added five more shots to her name, including three on goal.
The Golden Eagles fall to 6-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play. The team returns home on Sunday, Oct. 1, to host first place, Rice.