Women's Soccer Held Off in Overtime at SEMO

Women's Soccer Held Off in Overtime at SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. -- A strong comeback effort fell just short for the Belmont women's soccer team (4-7-2, 2-3-1 OVC) Friday night on the road.  The Bruins were edged in overtime at Southeast Missouri State (5-5-3, 3-1-2 OVC), 2-1.

SEMO got on the board first, finding the back of the net at the 17:18 mark but the Bruins worked hard for the rest of the stanza, remaining on the hunt for a scoring chance to knot the game.

BU didn't have to wait long in the second stanza.  Senior Katie Proud (Knoxville, Tenn.) netted Belmont's equalizer goal just five minutes in with the help of sophomore Cassie Blase's (Waukesha, Wisc.) frontward flip throw-in.

The Bruins worked tenaciously on both sides of the ball to push the matchup to the final seconds of regulation.  A shot by junior Allie Hicks (Carmel, Ind.) sailed just wide with 32 seconds remaining on the clock, forcing the contest into overtime.

The Redhawks would make their move just 28 seconds into the extra period, sneaking the ball into the back of the Belmont net for th 2-1 victory.

"We worked to tie the game and got more chances late in the game.  We had a great opportunity in the final 30 seconds of regulation to win," said Head Coach Heather Henson. "We didn't play well in the first half but we worked to get used to their system and style of play.  In the second half, we played our game and created opportunities to score.  

"I was really proud of our effort.  Great job by SEMO.  They played really well.  Now we will refocus and get ready for Sunday."

Freshman Meg Howard (Brentwood, Tenn.) and junior Taylor Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) led BU with two shots apiece.

Belmont held the narrow advantage in shots, 11-10, but Southeast Missouri State held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-3.

The Bruins are back in action on Sunday afternoon at in-state rival UT Martin.  Match time is set for 2 p.m. and the contest can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network.  Live stats will also be available.