Lady Tigers Fall to Evansville In Double-Overtime
Sept. 13, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A double-overtime goal by Evansville's Nicole Johns dealt the University of Memphis women's soccer team its first loss of the season Friday as the Purple Aces (1-3-1) picked up their first win of the season at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Johns' goal came in the 102nd minute of the match and gave the Purple Aces a 2-1 victory.
Memphis (2-1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first half when sophomore Kirsty Marr found a cutting Alison Baker on a quick start after an Evansville handball violation that the senior drove past Purple Aces' goalkeeper Katie Howard. The Lady Tigers, who controlled the tempo in the first half, held a 10-6 shot advantage over the visitors in the opening 45 minutes.
"We controlled the first half, but we came out complacent in the second and they came out hard and took advantage of it," Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "It was a strange game. We came out and played better ball in the first overtime, but it flip-flopped again and they got the goal that won it."
Memphis held onto the 1-0 lead deep into the second half until Evansville tied the game in the 81st minute when Tami Callison volleyed a ball past UM goalkeeper Katarina Wicksell off a corner kick by Vandi Ogden. The Purple Aces nearly scored again with less than a minute remaining, but Wicksell blocked an Evansville shot off the post and cradled the ball as it was trickling toward the goal line.
In overtime, neither team could score in the first 10 minutes of extra time as Baker, who led Memphis with four shots, got the only chance to score, but Howard kept the ball out of Evansville's net. The Purple Aces then turned aggressive in the second overtime session and took just two minutes to get the game-winner. Brooke Lencki fed Johns, who had an open shot and got it by a diving Wicksell. The Purple Aces outshot Memphis 11-4 after the halftime intermission.
The Lady Tigers return to action versus Mississippi State Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.