By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
September 11, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Freshman Bry McCarthy scored with less than six minutes to play to force overtime as No. 12 West Virginia played to a 1-1 draw with No. 9 Virginia Friday night at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
McCarthy silenced a loud crowd of 2,794 at the 84:41 mark after a series of shots inside the box. Defender Meghan Lewis pushed forward and fired a shot from 22 yards out that clanked off the near post and back into play. McCarthy sent a line drive back at the goal, hitting the opposite post, before finishing a second attempt for the game-tying score.
Both teams battled through two double overtime periods, each taking three shots, before settling on a 1-1 final score through 110 minutes.
“It was a battle of two very competitive programs tonight,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I think we had a lot of good chances, and unfortunately, did not finish another one to put the game away.”
With 1:32 left in the first overtime, forward Megan Mischler turned the corner on a UVa defender, sending a shot high towards near post, forcing Cavalier goalkeeper Chantel Jones to make a save.
In the 109th minute, Virginia’s Emily Carrollo was whistled for a yellow card after tackling forward Blake Miller who flew past her, charging up-field towards the goal. West Virginia could not capitalize on the free kick but maintained possession for the final minute, including a cross that went untouched by two Mountaineers in front of the net.
“We were knocking on the door in both overtimes, and really up to the very last seconds of the game, where we could have finished,” added Izzo-Brown.
The Mountaineers held a 15-11 shot advantage on the night, led by Miller and Mischler with three attempts each.
“We came out strong and hammered them for most of the first half,” said Izzo-Brown. “Then Virginia kind of rode their crowd and played strong in the second half. It was a tough environment and for such a young team, I thought we handled it very well.”
After a dominant opening 45 minutes of play by the Mountaineers, the Cavaliers returned the favor with a fast start in second half, leading to a goal in the 65th minute.
Virginia struck first on a goal from midfielder Sinead Farrelly. The Mountaineers cleared a corner kick and UVa quickly reset with defender Maggie Kistner taking the ball to the corner. Kistner sent a ball into the box where Farrelly out-jumped a defender and sent a header just over the gloves of WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler.
Butler finished with three saves while the Cavaliers’ Jones made a season-high six saves on the night.
WVU held a 6-2 shot advantage after one half, coming from five different Mountaineers, and generated three corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the contest.
West Virginia had two solid chances in the first half, the first coming at 23:03 on a hard shot from forward Miller. Miller was left unmarked just beyond the penalty kick marker and sent a ball in traffic at Jones who came up with the save.
In the 34th minute, defender Erica Henderson got into the attack and nearly scored on a header from six yards out. All-America midfielder Carolyn Blank flicked ball back into the middle where Henderson’s shot sailed just high of the crossbar.
McCarthy’s goal was the second of the season for the true freshman. Seven of WVU’s startling 11 are freshmen or sophomores.
West Virginia, playing in its fourth overtime match of the early season, moves to 2-1-3 on the year while Virginia goes to 3-1-2.
The Mountaineers return to action at the Virginia NIKE Soccer Classic on Sunday, Sept 13, against Dartmouth at noon. The Big Green defeated Seton Hall earlier tonight by a 1-0 score in overtime.