The Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer team lost a heartbreaker when Hood College scored with just seconds left in double overtime. The team fell 2-1 to the Blazers on Wednesday evening in Frederick, Md.
Of their five games so far this season, this was the 4th overtime for the Royals, three of which were double overtime.
With the non-conference loss, the Royals fall to 1-2-2 on the season.
Hood opened play with an aggressive attack near the Royals goal, reeling off 2 shots and 2 corner kicks in the first 9 minutes.
The high-energy Blazers lost momentum not too far into the half, however, when sophomore midfielder Ariel Barbosa (Baltimore, Md./Towson) scored on a fine strike from long distance in the 19th minute to get EMU out to a 1-0 lead.
The Blazers had many opportunities throughout the first half, but EMU's defense, anchored at the back by seniors Hannah Walker (Chesapeake, Va. / Grassfield) and Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind. / Northridge), held firm to keep Hood from finding an equalizer heading into halftime.
After a hard battle in the second half, HC came back with 1:06 left in regulation to push the game into overtime. Hood was also familiar to overtime play, with three of their six games resulting in extended play.
The Royals continued battling a threatening Blazers offense in the second overtime. Hood took its eighth corner of the match and sent the ball well past the goal in the 109th minute. Hood rebounded and ultimately picked up the 2-1 double overtime win on a goal with just seconds left.
The golden goal was scored as an HC midfielder shot over Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite). The shot hit off the cross bar and landed in the back of the goal.
Wenger's stellar effort to punch the ball out just fell short. She tallied six saves in the match.
Overall, Hood outshot the Royals 13-4 and led in corner kicks 8-1. Barbosa, Walker, Shaylla Oswald (Broadway, Va./Broadway), and Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio / Smithville) all registered one shot apiece.
The Royals will continue their seven-road-game slate on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Baltimore, Md. when they take on Notre Dame of Maryland University with a 3:00pm kickoff.