Women's Soccer Earns 4-4 Draw with Old Dominion
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Women's Soccer Earns 4-4 Draw with Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. - In the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams, the George Mason women's soccer team battled to a 4-4 double overtime tie against the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs Friday night at the Old Dominion Soccer Complex. The Patriots erased a two-goal halftime deficit and outscored the Lady Monarchs 3-1 in the second half to force overtime. Mason moved to 3-3-3 overall on the year and 0-0-1 in CAA play, while ODU now stands at 3-4-2, 0-0-1.

"I was disappointed with how we started in the first half, but I was very pleased and impressed with our response," stated head coach Diane Drake. "We came back strong against a very athletic Old Dominion team. This was a good lesson for the team to see that anything can happen in conference play."

Two late first half goals put the Lady Monarchs up 3-1 at halftime. Old Dominion capitalized early in the contest, scoring in the 10th minute as Mason tried to find its rhythm of play. Lisa Bernardini slipped a pass from the right as Ashlee Coutu beat Mason goalkeeper Alex Bodenschatz to the right and punched it in just inside the post.

Mason evened the score in the 40th minute on an Alyssa Andersen tally. Tiana Kallenberger was credited with the assist as Andersen found the open net on Kallenberger's deflection for a 1-1 score.

Just over two minutes later, however, the Lady Monarchs reclaimed the lead when Victoria Johnson received a Taylor Mertz pass from the left side in the middle and completed the play for a 2-1 ODU lead in the 42nd minute. Old Dominion extended its lead to 3-1 just three minutes later when Jessica Klamut finished a pass from Rachel Carroll at the 44:30 mark.

The Patriots picked up their play to open the second half and connected on just their second attempt of the period, cutting the score to 3-2 with 20 minutes to play. Picking up her second assist of the night, Kallenberger sent a cross to Mary Kate Lowry from the right side as Lowry headed the pass inside the right post for her first goal of the season in the 71st minute.

Both teams scored just over a minute apart as Mason knotted the score at 3-all in the 80th minute when Zoe Doherty scored off a Nicole Clark deflection, but ODU scored 67 seconds later to take a 4-3 advantage. Tori Diersen setup a long pass to Kate Kelly as the Lady Monarch found the open net for the lead.

The Lady Monarchs pressured the Patriots to hold onto the win, but Mason would not go lightly, tying the score for the third time with less than two minutes to play in regulation. Liz Hodges scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Lyndse Hokanson and blasted it in from 25-yards out for the equalizer.

Mason created a couple of scoring chances in the overtime periods, but could not find the back of the net. Both teams took four shots in overtime with Mason putting one shot on goal. Hokanson smothered a pair of ODU attempts to keep the Lady Monarchs off the board.

The conference foes combined for 39 shots on the evening with ODU holding a narrow 20-19 advantage, including a 12-11 shots on goal margin. Andersen led the Patriots with four shots, while Kallenberger and Doherty added three apiece. All three of Kallenberger's attempts were on frame. Bodenschatz and Hokanson split the time in the net, combining for eight saves, four apiece. Brianna Alvarado played the full 110 minutes for ODU, recording six saves.  

The Green and Gold return to the pitch and continue conference play at William and Mary on Sunday. Match time is slated for 3 p.m.
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