JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2004) - The Buccaneers returned home after a five game road stretch and tied Southern Conference opponent the Western Carolina Catamounts 1-1 in a double overtime game on Sunday afternoon. With the tie East Tennessee State University is now 3-4-2 overall, 0-1-2 in the SoCon, while the Catamounts record stands at 2-6-3, 0-1-3.
Both teams came out fighting and looking for their first conference win of the season. Scoring opened in the first half with a goal from Western Carolina's Natalie Turgeon . Megan Chambers passed the ball up to Turgeon who put it in on the left side of the goal past the ETSU defense. Turgeon's goal came at 24:38 of the first half.
The Catamounts would continue the control of the first half with four shots to the Buccaneers two, but the score would remain at 1-0 in favor of WCU heading into the second half.
The second half brought new life to the Buccaneers offense as they increased their output to 11 shots. This increase in attacking effort brought about the game-tying goal by freshman Aubree Snyder (Reading, Pa.), her second goal of the season. Snyder put the ball in the net on a header after receiving a cross from sophomore Alexandra Schwark (Strongsville, Ohio). The time of the goal was 67:58.
The remainder of the second half would be filled with scoring opportunities, but both teams kept a strong defense to send it into overtime.
In the first overtime, the Catamounts dominated making six shots while the Bucs were held without a shot. Still ETSU's defense would be strong enough to force the second overtime.
The deadlock would continue through the second overtime session to end the game with the 1-1 final score.
"Games between WCU are always good," commented Head Coach Heather Henson. "As a team we executed the game plan that we had set forth. One goal was to take more shots and we did that. Sometimes the calls don't go our way and it's unlucky, but we will take away the good things we did today and use them in our next match against College of Charleston this Thursday."
Overall shots were even with WCU at 17 and ETSU at 14. Buccaneer goalkeeper Chrissy Parks (Annapolis, Md.) made seven saves in the game and stands with a 3-3-2 record, while the Catamounts goalkeeper Jennifer Decki made six saves in her first match of the season.
The Buccaneers next match is set for Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. against the College of Charleston Cougars in Charleston, S.C.