Fri, Aug. 31, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
BATESVILLE, Ark. - Lyon College scored a pair of first half goals and then settled for a 2-2 tie late when Oklahoma Wesleyan University scored with 15 seconds remaining before the break. The teams then played to a scoreless tie in the second half and two overtimes as the Scots and the Lady Eagles tied 2-2 on Friday at Stewart Field at Southside High School in the Lyon College Soccer Tournament.
Redshirt freshman Monica Ayala
(Bogota, Colombia) and true freshman Hannah Osmon
(Mountain Home, Ark.) both recorded three shots on goal and combined for 10 of the Scots' 22 shots in the match. They each scored in the first half off passes from freshman Shelby Frazier
(Mountain Home, Ark.), but it wasn't quite enough offense to pick up the win.
"I think our defense let us down, especially in the first half," said Lyon College head coach Ben Parman
. "In the second half it was a completely different story. But conceding the two goals that we did and the second goal coming near the end of the half really hurt us."
The Scots (0-1-1) finished the match with 22 shots and nine shots on goal, while Oklahoma Wesleyan (2-0-1) produced 21 shots and 13 on goal. Lyon held a 17-13 advantage on shots taken at the end of regular, but were outshot 8-5 in the two extra periods.
Osmon put Lyon College on top 1-0 quickly when she took a pass from Frazier and sliced a shot into the back of the net just outside the box on the left side with just 5:28 gone.
"We were fortunate enough with the work of Shelby and Hannah to get that first goal early on, which was exactly what we wanted to do," Parman pointed out. "But we struggled to find our shape defensively and really couldn't find a rhythm. We couldn't connect on too many passes in a row."
The Scots' lead lasted for a little more than 11 minutes as Libby Storie scored from 20 yards out on a pass from Jessica Martin and Oklahoma Wesleyan was back even, 1-1, with 16:48 gone.
Lyon College moved back in front 2-1 with 23:10 left in the half when Frazier took a corner kick, connecting with Ayala, who was about eight yards in front of the goal, and Ayala drilled it past Lady Eagle keeper Lisa Amman.
It appeared as if the Scots might take the lead into the break, but with 15 seconds remaining Laura McKnight slammed a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the goal from 40 yards out to knot the score at 2-2.
Both teams had chances to take the lead in the second half, but couldn't finish the opportunities. Lyon outshot the Lady Eagles 9-6 in the second half, both team attempted three shots in the first 10-minute overtime and OKWU had the upper hand of 6-3 shooting in the final overtime, but the Scots held on.
"The second half was a completely different story for us defensively," Parman added. "We had the run of play and were able to do what we wanted to do. We had our chances to finish (offensively), but we didn't. I think the girls' legs were pretty ‘dead' and (the OKWU players') were as well."
Lyon sophomore keeper Stephanie Spiteri
finished the match with seven saves, while Amman posted five stops for the Lady Eagles. Both keepers played the entire 110 minutes.
The contest was physical, with Oklahoma Wesleyan players being called for 14 fouls, while Lyon had six in the match.
The Lady Eagles will finish play in the three-day tourney on Saturday when they take on Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Southside's Stewart Field at 3 p.m. The Scots won't play in the tourney again until Sunday at 5 p.m. when they take on UAPB at home at Huser Field at 5 p.m.
In the other game played on Friday, the Oklahoma Wesleyan men defeated Lyon College, 2-1, in double-overtime. The Lyon men's game on Saturday scheduled against Central Baptist has been canceled.