Eagles go 0-1-1 over the weekend

Robert Huitt

Bad breaks were the theme of the weekend for the Georgia Southern University women’s soccer team after a 0-0 draw Sunday and a devastating 2-1 loss Friday.

The Charleston Southern University Buccaneers (3-3-1) entered Sunday’s matchup against GSU (1-4-1) holding a 12-4 advantage in goals scored. However, the Eagles looked like the superior offensive team throughout the game, even though it did not show on the scoreboard.

The Eagles maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the 110 minutes played and outshot the Buccaneers 18-3, but could not capitalize on any of the many scoring chances.

“Every team has those games where they can’t find the back of the net, and tonight that was us,” freshman forward Jennifer Wittick said. “We had our chances. We just couldn’t finish tonight for some reason.”

Wittick and senior forward Alex Murphy tied for the team lead in shot attempts with three each.

“I think that we pressured the ball really well, and I think we worked well as a team,” Murphy said. “In practice, we do really well with (finishing scoring opportunities), but I think when it comes to games we just need to be more composed.”

The Eagles’ defense directly benefitted from the ball control of the offense and resulted in the first recorded shutout of the season.

“We’re proud of the defensive effort,” head coach Brian Dunleavy said. “As far as the shutout is concerned, I think we did a good enough job of not even letting them into the final third. I don’t think I can remember more than two shots on goal from them.”

There was a tense moment for the Eagles in the second overtime when senior forward Toni Lashley scored for the Buccaneers, but was ruled offsides.

As a result of the tie, the Eagles picked up a point and bounced back after letting a late lead slip away in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Jacksonville University Dolphins (4-3).

After a scoreless first half, sophomore midfielder Cori Dulmage found the back of the net in the 52nd minute to put the Eagles up 1-0.

It looked like GSU was on its way to a victory until junior midfielder Jessica Cataldo-Ramirez evened the score for the Dolphins with a goal in the 84th minute.

Sophomore midfielder Sarah Moghadas added another goal in the 86th minute to give the Dolphins a 2-1 that would stand as the final score.

After allowing a late comeback in one game, GSU’s ability to salvage the weekend with a point in the very next game showed a lot to Dunleavy.

Dunleavy said, “It shows our team resilience. A lot of times a team could pack it in and play within a shell, instead we came out and battled and hung with it.”