St. Bonaventure Steals Heartbreaker, 2-1, from Women's Soccer in Second Overtime
Oct. 21, 2012
CINCINNATI - With its post-season hopes on the line, the Xavier women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 double-overtime heartbreaker to the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies Sunday afternoon at the Xavier Soccer Complex. SBU's game-winner came in the 103rd minute. Junior Ashton Green scored the Musketeers' lone goal of the contest in the 60th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery corralled a career-high 16 saves while facing a total of 28 shots from the Bonnies.
"Another great A-10 match today between two evenly matched teams," commented head coach Woody Sherwood following the loss. "I thought St. Bonaventure, the first half, really took it to us. In the second half we made a few changes and we were pretty good. Unfortunately we were burned again by giving up a corner, and defending it poorly, that put us in overtime. We did a great job creating a bunch of chances in the second half and overtimes but we left a few pretty good chances to end the game on the field. Look forward to our last week of training, as we are probably mathematically eliminated from the A-10 Tournament, and an opportunity to send our seniors off in a good way next weekend."
Xavier (6-10-1, 1-5-0 A-10) fired 12 shots on the afternoon to St. Bonaventure's (6-10-1, 3-4-0 A-10) 28. Junior Mariah Whitaker tallied a team- and career-high six shots in the match while junior Taylor Dearbaugh got off three, all of which were on goal. Green recorded two shots and senior Leslie Twehues added a shot as well.
SBU took six corner kicks to XU's four and the fouls were nearly even with the Bonnies committing nine miscues to the Musketeers' seven.
Green got the Musketeers on the board in the 60th minute, Xavier's first goal scored in its last six games. There was a scramble in the box and Green collected a deflected shot from Whitaker, sending the ball into the net past the Bonnies' keeper to put the Musketeers up, 1-0.
The Bonnies answered in the 83rd minute as Brittany Charles' corner kick sailed into the right corner of the goal untouched to net the equalizer. After playing nearly 13 minutes of overtime, Charles served a ball in to Molly Curry who found the back of the net for the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
Markesbery (6-10-1) was charged with the double-overtime loss after working all 103 minutes of the contest. She tallied a career-high 16 saves to two goals against, facing a total of 28 shots.
Kathryn Kerkman (3-4-0) collected the win after also playing the entire game. She recorded four saves and gave up one goal, facing 12 shots.
The Musketeers close out the regular season with two matches at home next weekend. On Friday, Xavier will play host to Virginia Commonwealth at the Xavier Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.