ECU's Season Ends With Double-Overtime Loss

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Amanda Malkiewicz finished the season as the Pirates' top goal scorer (7) and assists leader (6).
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Junior Amanda Malkiewicz finished the season as the Pirates' top goal scorer (7) and assists leader (6).
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Oct. 28, 2010

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Megan Marsh Tabler scored in the 106th minute of the game in double-overtime to give Marshall a 1-0 win over East Carolina Thursday night in Conference USA action at Sam Hood Field.

With the win, The Herd (7-8-3, 5-5-1) grab the final playoff spot in the C-USA Tournament, while the Pirates' (9-9-1, 4-6-1) season comes to an end.

Tabler scored the unassisted game-winning goal at the 105:43 mark when she crossed midfield and dribbled through a pair of defenders before lacing a shot from outside the 18-yard box into the top left corner of the net for her third goal of the season.

The two were evenly matched throughout the first half and it looked as though East Carolina was going to jump on the board first as Chrissy Gratz drilled a shot from inside the 18 yard box but a diving Lexa Hughes snagged one of her six saves on the night to keep the match tied at one going into the break.

Marshall controlled the pace of the second with plenty of opportunities to put itself on top. The first of which came from Sarah Vinson whose shot from inside the 18 blasted into the post with 32:27 left in the second stanza.

Less than a minute later Angela DeSumma setup a Kristen Berquist header but a Pirate defender kick save kept the match scoreless.

Hughes made another great play in goal stopping an Amanda Malkiewicz shot with 13 second remaining in regulation.

ECU keeper Christiane Cordero logged six saves on the night.

During the overtime periods, Marshall outshot the Pirates 4-2 (2-1 on goal) and recorded 24 total shots to ECU's 13. The Pirates aggressive play led to 14 offside penalties.