DECATUR, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College soccer team dropped a heartbreaking decision today at home in their first overtime game of the season, 2-1, to Middle Georgia State College. The game was a non-divisional matchup against MGSC, who is a member of the NAIA, which offers athletic scholarships.
The Scotties (5-8-0) got on the board first when Stephanie Hicks made her way past the Knight goalkeeper off of a feed from Morgan Hoel for a solo shot that went uncontested for a 1-0 lead. Both programs would have several opportunities throughout the first half, but the two teams would go to halftime with the Scotties in front, 1-0.
The Knights (1-9-3) struck back in the early-going in the second half, as Marissa Parker drove a shot into the net for the Knights in the 48th minute. Both teams would once again threaten to score on several occasions, but neither team could find the net again in regular time.
The overtime period was a fast and furious one, as Agnes Scott's Helene Somda rocketed a shot from the top of the box over the Knight goalkeeper in the second minute, but it caught the crossbar and came back out to save the Knights. Middle Georgia immediately went the length of the field, with Parker once again finding the net with a high looping shot over the outstretched hands of Scottie goalkeeper Ivy MacIntyre, giving the Knights the win.
Despite the final result, Scottie head coach Rosemary Davis was pleased with the level of play for the Scotties.
"I think it was one of our more complete games of the year," indicated Coach Davis. "We hit the crossbar 15 seconds before the gamewinner for them, so if that shot is a foot lower we're celebrating, but that's just how it goes sometimes."
The game marked the final home game of the season, as well as the final non-conference opponent. The Scotties will head back to work on Saturday, October 25 as they face off with Great South Athletic Conference defending champions, Salem College, at 2:00 p.m.