FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore Megan Misuraca and junior Sierra Cartano each scored first-half goals for Francis Marion University, but an early second-half tally by Albany State University knotted the score and the two non-conference combatants battled through a scoreless overtime to a 2-2 tie, Saturday afternoon (Oct. 6) in women's soccer action.
Francis Marion, unbeaten in its last three matches, is now 4-5-1 and will play host to USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Misuraca, who has registered four goals in her last two matches, put the Patriots on top 1-0 at the 8:18 mark. She took a long cross from sophomore Emma Hall and buried a one-touch 15 yard shot past the on-coming goalkeeper.
Albany State's Brittanie Evans evened the score in the 22nd minute when she followed up a rebound of an initial shot by Sydney Bishop.
Cartano recorded her first career goal at 32:24, when she tapped in a right-side cross from freshman Faith Allen. Hall also registered an assist on the play with her pass springing Allen loose.
The margin was 2-1 through halftime, but the Golden Rams (1-8-1) equalized only 3:10 into the second stanza. LeFaren Donaldson scored on an 18-yard chip shot over FMU freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp.
The two teams then battled through the next 62 minutes without another goal.
FMU freshman Kiley Barr found herself open in the 6-yard box in the 67th minute, but her header off a cross from freshman Christina Rice went just outside the right post. Freshman Rianna Orello hit the left post with her shot on a 1v1 opportunity against Albany State goalkeeper Abby Whiteside in the 72nd minute.
Both teams have one shot each in the initial 10-minute extra session, but neither was on frame. In the second overtime period, Misuraca forced a save by Whiteside in the 104th minute and then at 107:26 Hall's attempt from inside the penalty area was turned away by a Golden Ram defender on the goal line.
Francis Marion outshot Albany State 24-14 and led 8-6 in corner kicks. Hennenkamp posted five saves, while junior Micahla Kitchen made one key stop in a brief second-half appearance in goal. Whiteside tallied nine saves.
Orello, Barr, and Hall each attempted four shots to lead FMU.
Post-match comments from FMU junior Sierra Cartano
Albany St. (Ga.) (1-8-1) ties Francis Marion Univ. (4-5-1) 2-2
Date: Oct 6, 2018 Attendance: 113
Weather: 88 humid,partly cloudy,Winds NE @ 10 mph
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Albany St. (Ga.).... 1 1 0 0 - 2
Francis Marion Univ. 2 0 0 0 - 2
1-0. 8:18 FMU_W Megan Misuraca (4) (Emma Hall) - Long cross, one-touch 15 yard shot past charging GK
1-1. 21:01 ASU Brittanie Evans (1) (Sydney Bishop) - 8-yard follow up on rebound
2-1. 32:24 FMU_W Sierra Cartano (1) (Faith Allen;Emma Hall) - cross from right, tap in shot
2-2. 48:10 ASU LeFaren Donaldson (1) (unassisted) - 18-yard chip shot over GK
Shots: Albany St. (Ga.) 14, Francis Marion Univ. 24 ; Saves: Albany St. (Ga.) 10 (Abby Whiteside 9; Team 1), Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Micahla Kitchen 1; Rachael Hennenkamp 5; TEAM 1)