BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union
College saw its home winning streak come to an end, but its home
unbeaten streak remains intact as it tied visiting King (Tenn.) College
1-1 Wednesday in a double-overtime, non-conference thriller.
After the tie, Union is now 13-2-1 overall with King's record going to 10-4-1 on the year.
Union and King were Appalachian Athletic Conference rivals up until this season when the Bristol, Tenn., institution entered the transitional phase of joining the NCAA Division II ranks.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the game having won their last 19 home matches. The tie snapped the winning streak, but Union is now unbeaten in its last 20 home dates. Ironically, the Lady Bulldogs' last home loss came against King in a 5-2 decision on Oct. 14, 2007.
King came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as Morgan Shelton gained control of a loose ball, drove in front of the goal and powered in a goal from 15-yards out five minutes into the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs pressed and forced the all for much of the game but were unable to connect on some passes. The deep pressure finally broke through in the 71st minute when Marcela Salum (Guatemala City, Guatemala) headed in a corner kick from Renata Peixoto (Brasilia, Brazil), tying the score at 1-1.
During the final minutes of regulation and throughout the overtime periods, both squads had opportunities to score the game-winner. In the 84th minute, Salum collected a rebound shot 40 yards out, but her booming shot missed just wide left.
Emma Watts launched a long-range shot from the left corner of the 18-yard box in the 89th minute, but the shot sailed just high and wide on the right side of the goal.
King really cranked up the pressure in overtime, but goalkeeper Patricia Nardy (Sao Paulo, Brazil) kept Union in the game as she made five of her 12 saves during the two overtime periods.
The Lady Bulldogs had the last scoring chance when Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.) busted through the Tornado defense on a breakaway in the 108th minute. However, her shot went just right of the far post.
King outshot Union 22-12 overall and had 13 shots on goal to Union's five.
Lauren Fritts recorded four saves for King.
Union will close out the regular season Saturday at home against Reinhardt (Ga.) College, a newcomer to the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Lady Bulldog Notes
- Marcela Salum now leads the Lady Bulldogs with 15 goals.
- Renata Peixoto posted her team-leading 16th assist of the year. She now has 47 for her career, putting her three away from becoming the fifth player to get 50 in a career.
- Union is 18-0-1 at home under head coach Jason Lanham.