Women's Soccer Ties Queens, 1-1September 25, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A second half goal by freshman Emily Perez opening the scoring, but Anderson University women’s soccer was unable to keep the clean sheet, as the Trojans tied with Queens, 1-1, Wednesday night at Dickson Field.
For the match, AU’s offense came alive for the final 65 minutes of the match as all 10 of its shots came in the second half and in overtime. Along with Perez, freshman Helena Moore and senior Krystal Goss each had two shots apiece to lead the team. Keeping the Trojans in the match was senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp who made several key saves throughout the night. Neipp finished the match with five saves.
“I’m really proud of our girls tonight, it’s tough to come out and play on turf for the first time against a quality opponent,” head coach Samar Azem said. “We’re starting to piece some things together and we’re becoming more of an attacking threat.”
After going into the locker rooms for halftime goalless, Anderson (2-3-2, 1-0-2 SAC) struck first in the 62nd minute when Krystal Goss fed a long pass into the Queens (5-1-2, 1-0-2 SAC) box, which found an open Emily Perez. Perez took a few steps and drilled a shot past Royal goalkeeper Kelsey Seretis for her second goal of the season.
Queens responded when QU’s Brooke Foil’s pass bounced around in the Trojan box and Kelli Gottry scored the equalizer and her fourth tally of the season. The game-tying goal was the final goal of regulation, as both teams were unable to find a game-winner within the 90 minutes.
Both overtime periods were balanced throughout, but it was a save by Neipp in the 92nd minute off a shot by Caitlyn Rodrigues that kept Queens from the win. Rodrigues tried to beat Neipp to her right, but the Anderson, S.C. native gloved the shot to preserve the draw. With the draw, Neipp matches AU’s overall record of 2-3-2.
“We wanted the win tonight, but as a team, we showed a lot of heart and that’s something any coach would be proud of,” Azem said. “To play hard for the full 110 minutes, I couldn’t be more proud.
Anderson continues its conference schedule on Saturday when it travels to Mars Hill. Kickoff is set for noon.