Clayton State women battle Lander to 1-1 double overtime tie
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State women's team gave up an early goal to Lander and then had to fight for the remainder of the match to earn a draw against its Peach Belt Conference rival Saturday.
The Lakers and Bearcats battled 110 minutes for a 1-1 double overtime tie at Clayton State's Laker Field. The tie gives Clayton State a 7-4-1 overall mark and a 3-2-1 record in league play. Lander is now 7-1-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the conference.
"We played well at times, but we didn't create enough good chances today," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "In the end, I think a draw was a fair result."
Lander wasted no time getting on the scoreboard Saturday, striking for a goal in the first two minutes of the match. Lander forward Jamie Shaw headed in the goal after the ball was misplayed in the Clayton State box area. The shot was set-up off a cross from defender Hilary Ferguson.
The match remained 1-0 in favor of Lander for the next 55 minutes until Clayton State answered with a goal to knot the game at 1-1. Laker freshman forward Brooke Bortles scored her second goal of the season beating a defender and then firing a shot in the upper left of the goal over Bearcat keeper Kelsey Blair. Junior midfielder Lea Notthoff was credited with the assist on the play,
Neither team scored over the final 55 minutes of play, including two 10-minute overtime periods.
Along with the score being deadlocked, the stats also indicated an even match, as Lander outshot Clayton State 24-17. Both teams had eight shots on goal and six corner kicks for the match. Laker keeper Laoise O'Driscoll finished with eight saves.