HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Marymount (Va.) University women's soccer team took the pitch for the first time this season, taking on Eastern Mennonite University on the road. An early second-half goal by sophomore Karen Reyes was answered in the closing minutes of regulation, as the two squads battled to a season-opening 1-1 draw.
The Saints came out firing early, sending off two shots in the opening five minutes including a shot on target by junior Madison Grehawick, but the score would remain even throughout the first 45 minutes.
At the break, MU showed dominance on the offensive end with 10 shots, while the backline for the Saints held strong to only give off four Royal shots, three of which were pulled in by junior goalkeeper Sydney Sherman.
It only took eight minutes on the restart for the Saints to break the scoring silence, finding the back of the net in the 54th minute. Freshman midfielder Sita Nair, with the ball at centerfield, chipped a perfect ball over the defense where Reyes beat out the final defender and had nothing but open field in front of her. Drawing the keeper out, Reyes went low left with the finish to give the Saints their first goal of the season.
The lead held up to the final eight minutes before EMU capitalized on an opportunity. A first-shot attempt went clashing off the crossbar before landing at the feet of another Royal at the back post for the equalizer.
The match went to extra time, but two 10-minute overtimes was not enough to decide a victor. Each team got off one shot in the 20-total minutes, as the score held at 1-1 for the draw.
Sherman concluded her 110 minutes between the pipes with six saves.
The women will practice up this upcoming week before heading on the road for two more games next weekend. First up is Randolph College on Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m.
Head Coach Gayle Wilson talks about the season opener and Reyes-Nair connection...