BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Amy Vallandingham knocked a loose ball into the back of the net with six minutes remaining in the match to lift host Union College to a 2-1 victory over West Virginia Tech on Thursday.
West Virginia Tech goalkeeper Andrea Arias made the initial stop on an Karin Moore (Owingsville, Ky.) shot, but she was unable to corral the rebound. Vallandingham (Corinth, Ky.) collected the loose ball five yards out and drove the game-winner home, giving the Lady Bulldogs their first win of the season.
West Virginia Tech dropped to 0-3 overall, while Union is now 1-1.
The way the first half unfolded, it appeared as if one goal would be enough to win the game. The two squads combined for 11 shots with Union outshooting West Virginia Tech 6-5 but the contest remained scoreless at the break.
West Virginia Tech came out of the intermission with a little more hop in their step and put a lot of pressure on the Union defense. The Lady Bears got off several shots on goal, but goalkeeper Brittany Puryear (Somerset, Ky.) held fast.
In the 64th minute, Union finally broke the deadlock when Karla Goncalves (Sao Paulo, Brazil) set up Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.) perfectly along the left side of the box. Hall easily beat Arias on the left side as the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 advantage.
Not willing to pack it in, West Virginia Tech continued to mount an offensive attack. In the 83rd minute, the Lady Bears had a corner kick to the right of the goal. After the ball was knocked back, Laura Spiers sent the cross bouncing toward the ball, and Tina Ottey directed it in to tie the game at 1-1.
Union wasted little time in reclaiming the lead as Vallandingham netted the game-winner in the 84th minute.
For the match, West Virginia Tech outshot Union 16-14. Yet, Union had 10 shots on goal, while West Virginia Tech had just five.
Puryear recorded four saves in the win, while Arias had eight.
Union returns to action Saturday when it plays host to University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) at 2 p.m.