ODU Fights Back To Defeat UNCW
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - Senior Victoria Johnson scored in the 72nd minute to break a 2-all tie and lift Old Dominion to a 3-2 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action Thursday at the Old Dominion Soccer Complex.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 5-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league play while the Seahawks slipped to 2-8 and 0-2. UNCW returns to action Sunday when it hosts William and Mary for a 2 p.m. matinee at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Johnson's tally at the 71:23 mark capped a back-and-forth second half that saw the two teams combine for five goals in a span of 21:43 as UNCW twice took the lead, only to see the Lady Monarchs battle back from each one-goal deficit before Johnson's goal put them ahead for good.
Senior Lisa Bernardini and junior Taylor Mertz were credited with assists on the play as the duo connected on a pair of passes on the right side to set up Johnson, who placed her shot to the left of UNCW keeper Caitlin Hunter for her second goal of the season.
The Lady Monarchs were quick to counter the Seahawks opening tally, needing just 36 seconds after Dodd's goal to level the score at 1-all as sophomore Kelly Kate played a ball to the back post that Bernardini was able to head home for the equalizer.
Junior Kim Currie nudged the Seahawks back in front, 2-1, in the 66th minute when her shot from the left side found the top right-hand corner of the net for her second goal of the season.
Bernardini and Johnson just over three minutes after Currie's goal to pull ODU even at 2-all, as Bernardini took a feed from Johnson inside the box and beat UNCW keeper Caitlin Hunter at the 68:48 mark for her second goal of the game and her team-leading fifth strike of the campaign.
ODU posted a 21-9 shot advantage in the contest, including a 13-6 edge in the final 45 minutes. UNCW was awarded four of the six corner kicks taken in the match. Alvarado made two stops in goal for the Lady Monarchs while Hunter tallied four saves between the pipes for the Seahawks.