Team celebrates after Elishia Davis scores the only goal of the day for the Rams (Photo courtesy of Shepherd University Athletics Department).

Shepherd Woman’s Soccer takes Charleston into Double Overtime Resulting in a 1-1 draw

Justin​ ​Cole​, ​Sports​ ​Writer

(The Picket) – After rallying in the second half with Charleston University the Shepherd women’s soccer team forced double overtime Sunday, Sept 17, but ended up with a 1-1 tie.

​In​ ​the​ ​early​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​game​ ​the​ ​Rams​ ​controlled​ ​the possession​ ​battle, but could not score

​ ​The​ ​Golden​ ​Eagles​ ​displayed​ ​their​ ​pestering​ ​defense​ ​making​ ​it hard​ ​for​ ​Shepherd’s​ ​midfielders, although​ ​the​ ​Rams​ ​had​ ​several​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​score. ​ ​With​ ​a precise​ ​corner​ ​kick​ ​from​ ​senior​ ​Brianna​ ​Gorman​ ​into​ ​the​ ​box, ​ ​sophomore​ ​Elishia​ ​Davis​ ​leaped​ ​in the​ ​air​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Charleston​ ​defender​ ​on​ ​her​ ​back​ ​and​ ​headed​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​right​ ​into​ ​the​ ​hands​ ​of goalkeeper​ ​Zoe​ ​Zyta of Charleston.​ ​

Rams freshman​ ​Emma​ ​Barnardoni​ ​also​ ​showed​ ​off​ ​her​ ​leg​ ​strength​ ​firing​ ​from deep​ ​but​ ​couldn’t​ ​reach​ the ​target.

At ​the​ ​21:39​ ​mark ​forward​​ ​Claire​ ​Couturier​ ​had​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​assist​ ​to​ ​midfielder​ ​Carly​ ​Anderson​ ​as she​ ​would​ ​give​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Eagles​ ​their​ ​first​ ​and​ ​only​ ​score​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​The​ ​Charleston​ ​sideline cheered​ ​their​ ​teammate​ ​on,​ ​as​ ​Ram’s​​ ​captain​ ​Taylor​ ​Harwood​ ​commanded​ ​​ ​her​ ​team​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​it up.​ ​

As​ ​the​ ​first​ ​half​ ​came​ ​to​ ​an​ ​end​ ​Coach​ ​Jonathan​ ​Thayil​ ​called​ ​his​ ​team​ ​over​ ​and​ ​told​ ​them not​ ​to​ ​get​ ​down​ ​on​ ​one​ ​another​ ​and​ ​that​ ​they​ ​could​ ​still​ ​win​ ​the​ ​game, even with a 0-1 score.

At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Eagles​ ​came​ ​out​ ​controlling​ ​the​ ​pace​ ​of​ ​the game,​ ​getting​ ​two​ ​shots​ ​off​ ​with​ ​one​ ​on​ ​net​ ​that​ ​got​ ​denied​ ​by​ ​All​-Conference​ ​goalkeeper​ ​Christi LaBella, a Rams junior.​

​Following​ ​the​ ​save,​ ​the​ ​Rams​ ​would​ ​pick​ ​things​ ​up​ ​on​ ​offense,​ ​putting​ ​pressure​ ​on Charleston’s​ ​defenders.​ ​Freshman​ ​Katherine​ ​Eddy​ ​showed​ ​promise​ ​as​ ​she​ ​raced​ ​past defenders​ ​and​ ​passed​ ​to​ ​senior​ ​Danielle​ ​Fernandez​ ​to​ ​her​ ​left. Fernandez​ ​ ​crossed​ ​it​ ​back​ ​into​ ​the box​ ​to​ ​ ​Davis​, ​who​ ​fired​ ​wide​ ​left​ ​of​ ​the​ ​goal.​ ​

Two​ ​minutes​ ​later,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​69:13​ ​mark, sophomore​ ​Brooke​ ​Harwood​ of the Rams ​would​ ​cross​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​into​ ​the​ ​net​ ​to ​​​Davis​. This​ ​time​ ​she​ ​sent ​the​ ​ball​ ​into​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​net,​ ​tying​ ​the​ ​game​ at ​1-1.

After​ ​the​ ​score​ ​the​ ​Rams​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​play​ ​with​ ​more​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ball. The team​ ​moved the​ ​ball​ ​well.​ ​Both​ ​teams​ ​felt​ ​the​ ​half​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​an​ ​end​ ​as​ ​Charleston​ ​raced​ ​down​ ​the​ ​field​ ​only to​ ​be​ ​stopped​ ​by​ ​senior​ ​defender​ ​Regan​ ​Stout​ ​and​ ​regular​ ​time​ ​came​ ​to​ ​an​ ​end.

Emotions​ ​were​ ​high​ ​at​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​overtime, as Shepherd would jump out from the start creating opportunities for themselves.​ ​Forwards​ ​Katherine​ ​Eddy​ ​and​ ​Samantha​ ​Eddy​ ​both​ ​would​ ​have attempts​ ​at​ ​goal​ ​but​ ​could​ ​not​ ​capitalize.

In​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half​ ​of​ ​overtime​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Eagles​ ​would​ ​battle​ ​back,​ ​​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​in​ ​the​ ​box, but​ ​both​ ​times​ ​were​ ​stopped​ ​by​ ​ ​Stout.​ ​She​ ​showed​ ​great​ ​composure​ ​not​ ​panicking and​ ​stopping​ ​the​ ​opposition​ ​in​ ​their​ ​tracks.

The​ ​Rams​ ​would​ ​fight​ ​back​ ​for​ ​a​ ​few​ ​opportunities​ ​of​ ​their​ ​own​ ​in​ ​double​ ​overtime​ ​but​ ​just​ ​could not​ ​chip​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​into​ ​the​ ​net, as the match ended up in a 1-1 draw.

On Wednesday, the Rams will go on the road to face West Liberty. The game starts at 4:30 p.m.

Justin Cole is a Sports Writer for The Picket. He can be reached at 

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