Lady Pirate Soccer Falls In Double-Overtime 2-1 To Oklahoma
Sept. 11, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. - The East Carolina women's soccer team dropped its fifth game of the season Sunday afternoon falling to the Oklahoma Sooners 2-1 in double-overtime at John Crain Field in Norman.
The Pirates (1-5-0) scored the first half's only goal when Melissa Penney's (Damascus, Md.) free kick from 30 yards out on the left side climbed over the outstretched hands of OU keeper Jennifer Nichols into the upper right corner of the net at the 37:39 mark. For Penney it was her third goal of the season and the eighth of her career. Currently she leads the Pirates in scoring and points (7).
The Sooners (5-1-0) got on the board in the 68th minute when Andrea Hurley weaved through several East Carolina defenders and found Tenesha Duncan who promptly sent the ball past Pirate goalkeeper Amber Campbell (Frederick, Md.).
During the first overtime period, both teams had opportunities to score but came away with nothing. OU took five shots to ECU's two, including a point-break shot by Savannah Scott that found Campbell's hands with less than a minute to play.
In the 108th minute of play, the Sooners netted the game-winner when Lauren MacIver fired a shot off Campbell's hands into the upper left corner of the net with 2:03 remaining in the second overtime. Campbell would finish with a career-high 12 saves in 108 minutes of play.
"I'm pleased with the way we played this weekend," said Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth. "We played two great teams (Texas A&M and Oklahoma) and I thought we played competitive enough to win. When you play nationally-ranked program you can only learn and become better and I think we did that this weekend."
ECU will be back in action Friday, Sept. 16 when they host Campbell at Bunting Field at 4 p.m.