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YHC women’s soccer battles back for tie

November 3, 2010

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

YOUNG HARRIS– On Wed. Oct.3, it appeared that one goal, scored early in the contest, would hold the Young Harris College women’s soccer team from any chance at making the game even.

After 70 minutes of play, however, the Lady Mountain Lions would overcome that obstacle to finish the match-up with Shorter College in a 1-1 tie.

The game began with a goal scored in the first eight seconds by Shorter College’s Brandi Greenwald. The goal was scored off an assist by Rachel Wood to give Shorter (10-7-1) a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Hawks of Shorter held onto their lead all the way into the second half, but they faced a Young Harris squad that had every intention of tying the game.

In the 70th minute, YHC sophomore forward Mika Lopes started the rally by making a pass into the penalty area to sophomore Haley Holderfield. The first shot by Holderfield was stopped by Shorter goalkeeper Taylor Hays, but the ball would be returned to Holderfield off of the deflection. Her second shot found the back of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.

The score remained tied at 1 heading into overtime, and the Mountain Lions (9-5-2) nearly won the game five minutes into the extra frame as YHC junior Emily Villas missed a potential game-winning shot just left of the post, keeping the contest tied, 1-1.

Freshman goalkeeper Gabby Smith finished with five saves in goal for Young Harris, while Hays recorded eight for Shorter College.

The Lady Hawks out-shot the Mountain Lions, 18-16, but Young Harris had the overall advantage in corner kicks, 5-3.

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