CULLOWHEE, NC – A pair of goals were not enough as the University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team fell to Western Carolina 3-2 this afternoon in another tough overtime decision.
Today’s match was the fourth overtime match of the season for the Skyhawks, all of which have occurred in the last 15 days.
UT Martin (2-5-2) was able to match the Catamounts (2-4-1) in shots on goal today as both squads tallied 11 attempts. Freshman Alice Adams (four shots, three on goal) and junior Katelyn Colvin (three shots – all on goal) both led the way for the Skyhawk offense. Colvin converted her second goal of the season before Adams netted her first collegiate goal in today’s bout.
Danae Kaldaridou notched a game-high two assists and also got off two shots in the contest. Nicole Collins, Amy McGivern and Sara Ketis also were credited with shots for UT Martin, who attempted 16 total shots this afternoon.
Goalkeeper Erica Myers played all 92:18 today for the Skyhawks. She was able to tie a career-high with eight saves in the shootout, equaling her previous best against UAB (Aug. 25) and Western Kentucky (Aug. 27).
UT Martin allowed an early goal by Western Carolina’s Emily Threatt but a goal from Colvin tied things up at 1-1 in the 21st minute. That equalizer would ensure that the Skyhawks went into the halftime break even.
Adams put the Skyhawks up by a 2-1 margin in the 55th minute as she took a pass from Kaldaridou for the Skyhawks to claim their first lead of the match.
The UT Martin lead would not last long as just over a minute and a half passed before Megan McCallister tied the score at 2-all.
Ketis nearly came up with the game-winner just a few minutes later but her shot attempt at the 59:10 mark hit the crossbar.
Ketis added another shot before Adams and Kaldaridou peppered the Catamount goalkeeper with shots on goal late in the match. However, Jacquelin Gnassi was able to secure saves on the pair of Skyhawk shot attemps in the last eight-plus minutes of regulation.
Less than a minute into the overtime period, Kaldaridou nearly headed in the golden goal but Gnassi was once again there to make the save. The final blow came in overtime as Sayres McKenna netted the game-winner for the Catamounts at the 92:18 mark.
UT Martin opens Ohio Valley Conference action on Friday, Sept. 15 as it returns home to host Jacksonville State. Kickoff from Skyhawk Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.