Momentum Spoiled by Trojan Goal in Double Overtime
Jamie Grigsby's second-half goal forced extra time in Saturday night's match. Despite controlling much of the match, Mount Olive posted the game-winning goal in 104th minute in a 2-1 (2OT) decision.
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Following Jamie Grigsby's equalizing goal in the 50th minute of Saturday evening's contest, King controlled the momentum through regulation and the first overtime session. Despite their strong play, Mount Olive's Ellie Barnes scored the game-winning goal in the 104th minute to guide the Trojans to a 2-1, double-overtime victory over King.
Between the second half and the first overtime, King outshot Mount Olive 13-4 and nearly put the game-winning tally on the board before the Trojans captured the win. Rachel Thorpe (Ontario, Canada) took a service at midfield and carried the ball down the left sideline while closely marked by a Trojan defender. Thorpe dribbled to the center and her shot from the top of the box just went over the crossbar, keeping the match tied 1-1.
Mount Olive also had an opportunity to end the match in regulation when Maddy Robak and Daisy Thomas nearly scored in the 87th minute. Robak sent a long service into the box, but Thomas' shot sailed wide right, leading both teams into overtime.
Trojan forward Lauren Power scored the game-winning goal with 6:31 left in the second overtime on a ball played over the top of the King defense from midfield. Barnes won a 50-50 to force a one-on-one opportunity where she slipped past the Tornado keeper and shot into an empty net.
Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) scored the equalizing goal less than five minutes into the second half. The goal, her second of the season, was scored off of a captured rebound off Trojan keeper Caroline Edenhofner that was put into the back of the net to force a 1-1 tie.
Monica Aguirre (Miami, Fla.) led the Lady Tornado with six shot attempts, landing four on goal, including the shot leading the Grigsby's goal. Thorpe, Kendyl Baird, and Heidi Steger all placed three shot attempts with five landing on goal.
Daisy Thomas scored Mount Olive's opening goal in the 18th minute on a service from midfield, striking the back of the net from 25 yards out. Maddy Robak was credited an assist on the play.
Mount Olive keeper Caroline Edenhofner made 11 saves on the evening while King keeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) made nine on 11 attempts against.
King outshot the Trojans on the evening 18-13, controlling much of the second half ball control. The Lady Tornado also led the way in corner kicks with six to Mount Olive's three.
With the loss, King falls to 1-2-1 overall on the season with a 0-1-1 Conference Carolinas record. They will begin a string of four consecutive home matches beginning on Sept. 18 against the Coker Cobras, beginning a men's/women's doubleheader at 2 p.m. from Parks Field. They will follow by hosting North Greenville (Sept. 26), Barton (Sept. 29), and close the homestand versus Belmont Abbey on Oct. 4.