NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite playing intensively for 90 minutes, the Belmont women's soccer team (2-5-1, 0-1 OVC) was forced into extra minutes for the second consecutive match on Friday afternoon at Rose Park. The Bruins were edged in the first overtime by visiting Eastern Illinois (1-9, 1-0 OVC) in the team's OVC home opener.
Belmont controlled the pace and tempo throughout the first half and seemed just inches away from scoring the first goal of the match on numerous occasions. EIU changed its playing style to try to stop the hot footed Bruins and were able to keep the match stalemated at 0-0 heading into halftime.
The second stanza saw the Bruins intensify their effort on both sides of the ball from the whistle. Around the 53rd minute, BU had a furious flurry of action that saw sophomore Cassie Blase (Waukesha, Wisc.) narrowly miss an excellent scoring opportunity. Two minutes later, a header by junior Allie Hicks (Carmel, Ind.) also narrowly missed the mark as Cortney Jerzy notched another save.
EIU hustled in the extra period, working to quickly move the ball into Belmont territory. The Panthers earned a corner kick 90 seconds in and used it to get into scoring position inside the box. Less than 10 seconds later, EIU slipped the ball into the corner of the BU net to take the contest 1-0 and snap a nine-game skid.
BU outshot the Panthers, 24-7, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 4-3.
Senior Amy Jo Anderson (Birmingham, Ala.) led the Bruins with five shots, four of which were on goal. Hicks tallied four shots while Blase and junior Taylor Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded three apiece.
Senior Nicole Berner (Randolph, N.J.) went the distance between the posts, logging three saves.
Belmont returns to action on Sunday with a contest on the road at SIUE. Match time is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen live online via the OVC Digital Network. Live stats will also be available.