TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Belmont women's soccer team (1-5) forced its final non-conference matchup of the season into double overtime before a decision would be made on Sunday afternoon at Indiana State (5-2). Unfortunately, the Bruins were unable to hold on in the second extra period and fell, 2-1.
Belmont saw the Sycamores waste little time in the first half battle to get in scoring positions early and often, picking up three corner kicks in the first 17 minutes. Senior Jayme Trocino (Franklin, Tenn.) notched the Bruins' lone shot of the half as the team spent most of its time defending and working to break up passes through the midfield. Despite recording four shots in the first half, Indiana State was unable to convert any of the chances.
In the second stanza, the Sycamores quickly rectified that problem, netting their first goal of the day just 90 seconds in. Belmont answered back with a shot from sophomore Laura Harris (Macon, Ga.) that went just wide barely one minute later. A corner kick by sophomore Lauren Paynter (Danville, Ky.) opened the door for a header attempt by senior Erica Carter (Spring, Texas) in the 66th minute that unfortunately went wide. Encouraged by the momentum, junior Jamie Loftis (Hermitage, Tenn.) crossed the ball inside the box from the left side to the awaiting feet of sophomore Jane Owen Robbins (Ridgeland, Miss.), who confidently tucked the ball into the corner of the net, knotting the score at one in the 77th minute. Undeterred, ISU continued to hunt for its next goal, notching and additional six shots before the end of regulation. The Bruins hustled to stay on its toes against the attacks and their worked paid off in forcing at least one overtime period before a winner would be decided.
In the first overtime period, junior Sari Lin (Carefree, Ariz.) made two crucial saves to keep Indiana State from finding the back of the net. Finally, in the second overtime period, the Sycamores earned a corner kick 59 seconds in that they were able to parlay into a header that snuck past Lin for the 2-1 victory.
"We should have played better today but Indiana State is a very good opponent for us heading into conference next week," said Head Coach Lisa Howe. "They are a good attacking team. They really have a dynamic attack and we had to work hard to defend them. Their style of play was good preparation game for Kennesaw State and Mercer."
Indiana State held the advantage in shots, 19-5, and corner kicks, 15-2.
Recording one shot apiece for the Bruins were Robbins, Carter, Trocino, Harris, and freshman Amy Jo Johnson (Birmingham, Ala.).
Lin went the distance inside the net, playing all 101 minutes and coming away with seven saves.
Belmont returns to action on Friday, September 17 when it hosts Mercer in its Atlantic Sun home opener at the Whitten Soccer Complex. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. Live stats will be available.