ADAMS' DOUBLE OVERTIME GAME WINNER PROPELS SKYHAWKS TO 3-2 OVC TRIUMPH OVER SIUE
October 13, 2017
MARTIN, Tenn. – Freshman Alice Adams scored two goals – including the golden strike in the 107th minute of play – to lift the University of Tennessee at Martin to a 3-2 double overtime victory over SIUE this evening at Skyhawk Field.
Adams’ two-goal night was the third time this season that a UT Martin player had found the back of the net twice in a single match as the Skyhawks prevailed in their sixth overtime match of 2017. Her game-winner provided UT Martin (5-9-3, 3-4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) with a big three points to shoot up two spots in the league’s regular season standings as the OVC Tournament approaches.
“I feel this is a massive win for our players,” Skyhawk head coach Phil McNamara said. “I thought we were very close last weekend with our performances scoring two goals in each game yet coming away from the weekend with only one point was disappointing but still a step in the right direction. These three points gets us closer to an OVC Tournament berth, a strong finish to the season and the preparation to have a good run in the OVC Tournament.”
Playing with a fully healthy squad for the first time since late August, UT Martin held a pair of leads before the visiting Cougars (6-7-2, 4-3-1 OVC) tied up the match in the 64th minute. A bruising Skyhawk offense peppered attempts on SIUE goalkeeper Juli Rossi (12 saves) all evening before Adams broke through for her fourth goal and second game-winner of the 2017 campaign.
“Having Maggie Burkett, Kaci Mitchell and Bianca McFarland back in the squad is really starting to develop this group and the potential that they have,” McNamara said. “Unfortunately, each time we got the lead we gave up a bad goal and brought the pressure on ourselves. But I thought the girls showed a lot of character from halftime onwards to outshoot a conference opponent 23 to 4 in the second period and overtime periods indicates the dominance and potential of this team moving forward. Give credit to the SIUE goalkeeper – she made several phenomenal saves – but I don’t think anyone could argue that we thoroughly deserved the three points this evening.”
Adams more than doubled her career-high in shot attempts (10) tonight while junior Amy McGivern accounted for her fourth goal of the season while dialing up eight shots as UT Martin outshot SIUE by a 31-14 margin. Kamryn Chappell found quite the opportune time to deliver her first career assist, as her pass perfectly led Adams for the game-winner with 3:04 remaining in the second overtime period.
In goal, Erica Myers picked up her fourth victory of the season by turning away four saves. The freshman logged all 106:56 in net to help the Skyhawks to their third consecutive home victory over SIUE.
McGivern’s goal in the 22nd minute put UT Martin on the scoreboard. Her free kick from five yards outside the box was true as the Skyhawks grabbed an early 1-0 lead.
However, SIUE struck just 30 seconds later with an equalizing goal to make the score 1-1 at the halftime intermission. The Cougars led the shot category 9-8 at the break but could only muster five more shots in the contest.
Adams’ first goal of the evening game at the 51-minute mark, as she knocked in a loose ball that deflected off a diving save from Rossi.
UT Martin kept its lead until a yellow card gave the Cougars a free kick opportunity in the 64th minute. SIUE was able to sail a goal past the outstretched Myers to knot the score at 2-all.
Adams and Sara Ketis each threatened to break the tie with shots on goal to close out the second half but the match was sent into overtime.
The Skyhawks placed four of their six shots on goal in the first overtime, as Nicole Collins, Danae Kaldaridou (two attempts) and Adams each fired away. Rossi was able to snare clean high-pressure saves on each attempt to extend the match into the second 10-minute overtime stanza.
Collins accounted for another shot less than two minutes into second overtime before Adams delivered the dagger. Chappell sent a firm pass to a streaking Adams, who found herself in a one-on-one situation with Rossi. The Ormskirk, England native won the duel to send the home fans happy.
UT Martin’s 2017 home finale is set for this Sunday, Oct. 15 as the Skyhawks host OVC foe Eastern Illinois. First touch is scheduled for 1 p.m.