Women’s Soccer Drops 1-0 Overtime Game Against George Mason
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson came up short in its fifth overtime game of the season, as George Mason scored the winning goal seven minutes into the extra period to pick up a 1-0 Atlantic 10 women’s soccer road win on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Wildcats saw their five-game home unbeaten streak come to an end, falling to 8-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in league play. The Patriots improved to 3-9-1 and 1-5 in A-10 action.
There were chances to end it in regulation for the ‘Cats, but they were unable to convert. Mason got the game-winner off the foot of Grace Hotaling.
Comments from head coach Adam Denton
“A disappointing one for us for sure today. I don’t think we started the game well, struggling to maintain possession, but did limit Mason to not great opportunities. We didn’t really play enough to create anything for us until the later part of the first half when we got more into the game and it became even the rest of the way.”
“We started very well in the second half, getting more opportunities offensively, keeping the ball and putting them on their back foot. We didn’t though capitalize on two or three good chances and it was disappointing to not be able to put the game away in regulation.”
“We went to overtime and Mason converted, but ultimately we shouldn’t have gotten to that point. We needed to finish it off in the second half when we had opportunities, and at this level, if you don’t take care of those chances it can come back to hurt, which it did today. We’ve got to learn from this and now we have two very big road games coming up, at two very tough venues, and we need to go there with the belief and attitude we can get something out of those games to keep pace in the A-10 standings.”
Quick Hits From the Game:
•After there was no scoring in the first 90 minutes, the game headed to overtime where it ended at the 96:18 mark when Hotaling found the back of the net with a shot to the top-right corner.
•Mason’s Emma Lee sent a cross just into the outer edge of the box and Hotaling had a clean look at the goal.
•Davidson drew a penalty kick with 25:06 left on the clock in the second half, but senior Tracy Hagan missed the attempt with a shot high.
•About seven minutes later, the Wildcats got in the box again and a slow rolling shot by senior Sabine Chandler went just wide before a Mason defender cleared the ball off the line.
•Later on, Rachel Schleicher was in the box and had a cross to Gretchen Pearson, who was standing right near the goal post but her header went wide for another close chance to breakup the scoreless game.
•A final attempt by Davidson to end the game in regulation was on a corner kick with 10 seconds, the ball was fed into the box where it got knocked around a few times before landing just short of the goal line as the clock expired.
•George Mason had a 14-7 edge on shots, coming out aggressive in the first half with eight of those shots.
•Davidson won the corner battle with seven to the Patriots’ two and all seven came in the second half.
•Goalkeeper Mary Grace Bunch finished with five saves, including a great diving stop with under 20 minutes to go in the second half to help keep the score knotted at zeros.
•The Wildcats are 1-2-2 in OT games this year, while they fell to 4-3-2 at home overall.
•The five-game unbeaten streak was the longest since the ‘Cats won four straight at the end of 2011.
Davidson goes back on the road for a pair of A-10 games at UMass, Oct. 17, and at La Salle, Oct. 20.