NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second time in as many tries, the Belmont women's soccer team (3-3-4, 0-0-2 OVC) was forced into extra periods for a decision on the opening weekend of Ohio Valley Conference play. The Bruins battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw with visiting Eastern Kentucky (2-8-1, 0-1-1 OVC) on Sunday afternoon at Rose Park.
The Bruins dominated possession and the tempo of the contest form the opening whistle, pushing to earn a corner kick in the first 19 seconds of action. BU continued its attack and earned two more corners in the first two and a half minutes. Belmont continued to lead the way in time of possession throughout the first stanza but the Colonels had sparks of attack. BU peppered the Colonel goal late into the first half with shots from all over the field that were just barely off the mark or forced their keeper to hustle to make the save.
EKU tried to take a page from the BU playbook to open the second half with an aggressive start that ended with them being called offsides. However, the Bruins rallied and regained possession and control of the matchup. One of Belmont's best chances came in the 83rd minute when the team managed to pull the EKU goalkeeper out of the net. Sophomore Meg Howard (Brentwood, Tenn.) fired toward the empty net but her attempt went just wide of the right bar. The Bruins kept up the pressure but were unable to find the back of the net through 90 minutes and battled into their fifth overtime contest of the season.
The overtime periods were all Belmont. The Bruins outshot EKU, 11-0, through the extra 20 minutes, forcing EKU's keeper to stop half of the attempts. Despite the onslaught of shots, Belmont was unable to get anything by Anna Hall, who finished the day with 14 saves.
BU dominated in shots, 27-6, and corner kicks, 10-1. The Bruins also forced the EKU keeper to record 14 saves.
Junior Cassie Blase (Waukesha, Wisc.) led the Bruins with a game-high six shots, followed by Howard with four. Junior Lindsey Espe (LaCañada, Calif.) was stellar between the posts, going the distance and tallying three saves on the day.
Belmont returns to action on Friday, October 3 on the road at Eastern Illinois. Match time is set for 3 p.m Live stats will be available.