ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville and High Point battled for 110 minutes before settling for a 1-1 Big South Conference women's soccer tied Wednesday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
Kennedy Garrett scored her team-leading third goal of the season for the Bulldogs in the first half before the Panthers leading scorer Kelsey Perrell tallied early in the second half.
High Point (5-8-2, 3-3-1 BSC) controlled overtime as it took all 11 shots, including nine in the second overtime period. Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller made 11 saves in the match, including four in the second overtime to allow the Bulldogs to get the tie.
Garrett put the home team on top in the first half. She took a pass from Shenny Lenhart and unloaded a shot from 30 yards out to give Asheville a 1-0 lead at 20:21.
The Panthers responded in the second half when Sammy Vercellino sent a pass to Perrell. Perrell then flicked a shot over a diving Muller from 20 yards at the ball sailed into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the year. The goal came at 55:27.
Each team took turns controlling the match. After Perrell’s goal, the Bulldogs fired the next six shots but could not get the ball in the back of the net. Asheville out-shot High Point 10-9 in the second half, but HPU goalkeeper Jesse May made all five of her saves to keep the Bulldogs from taking the lead.
The Panthers had some great opportunities in the second overtime period. Beeca Hemby had a shot blocked by an Asheville defender just before the ball was going to go in the net.
High Point ended up out-shooting the Bulldogs 28-18. Hemby took 11 shots in the match with four on target. Lenhart had six of Asheville’s shots.
Both teams play league games on Saturday. UNC Asheville travels to Coastal Carolina for a 1 p.m. match. High Point hosts defending BSC champion Radford starting at 7:30 p.m.