Women’s Soccer overcomes 3-0 deficit to tie in 2OT against IU Kokomo

Karina Graziani -

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PITTSBURGH --- Carlow University women's soccer overcame a 3-0 deficit in the second half and forced two overtime periods to secure a 3-3 tie against Indiana University Kokomo Saturday.

Kokomo (4-4-1, 0-1-1 RSC) took a 1-0 lead into the half after a penalty kick in the 12th minute. Keely Hoopingarner scored two goals in the 54th and 61st minutes to give the Cougars a commanding 3-0 lead.

It looked as though the Cougars had the game in the bag, but the momentum shifted in Carlow's favor when a shot off the boot of junior Alexa Schwab (Conway, Pa.) went top-shelf in the 79th minute. Erin Thompson (FR/Bethel Park, Pa.) nabbed the assist on the goal.

From there, Carlow (2-6-2, 0-0-2 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) picked up the pace. Two corner kicks late in the game proved to be pivotal, and senior Malak Shuman (Monroeville, Pa.) played a role in each. Shuman found fellow senior Rachel Flory (Huntington Beach, Calif.) on the first corner to cut the Kokomo lead to 3-2 in the 87th minute.

With time winding down in regulation, the Celtics had another chance to score on a corner kick, and they delivered. Lauren Womer (SO/Oil City, Pa.) scored her first collegiate goal in style, burying the shot in the back of the net from Shuman's corner with 25 seconds remaining to force the first overtime.

Hoopingarner had a chance to score right off the bat for the Cougars, and Schwab had a nice shot in the 99th minute, but both keepers stood strong in goal.

Neither team had a play in the second overtime to end the game with a 3-3 tie.

Freshman goalkeeper Anya Achtyl (Lancaster, N.Y.) picked up seven strong saves in net, along with a few crucial blocks that kept the Cougars off the board.

Carlow travels to Asbury (Ky.) University for a 5 p.m. RSC game on Oct. 3. Links to live coverage can be found at https://bit.ly/WSOC19.

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