By Matt Green
ROME -- Senior Brandi Greenwald scored the equalizer with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation as the Shorter women's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with Gulf South Conference rival Union University at Ben Brady Field on Saturday night.
Neither Shorter nor Union -- two first-year Gulf South Conference affiliates in the second year of a three-year transition to NCAA Division II membership -- could convert in two, sudden death overtime periods as each side had to settle for a tie. The Lady Hawks move to 2-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Gulf South while the Bulldogs depart Rome with a 2-2-2 overall mark and 0-1-2 league tally.
After falling behind midway through the first half and trailing at halftime, Shorter dominated the run of play in the final 65 minutes, albeit to the tune of a hard-fought draw.
The Lady Hawks outshot Union 15-3 over the course of the second half and two overtime periods -- 11-2 in the second period when Greenwald was able to come up with an equalizer that swung the momentum in Shorter's favor.
Shorter's Helena Farinha was played through down the middle of Union's defense and unleashed a dipping strike that deflected off of diving Union keeper Emily Waggoner. Greenwald tracked down the rebound and smashed home the chance from two yards out to put the match on level terms at 1-all.
Shorter outshot Union 4-1 in the first overtime period, but had its best chance when Greenwald sent a ball along with the six-yard box and into the path of Aline Bez Tamiosso and a charging Kelly Crawford. Neither Tamiosso nor Crawford was able to get on the other end of the feed, however, with an empty net awaiting just feet away.
Union struck first in the opening half as a result of a Shorter giveaway in its own defensive third.
Union's Dionna Linn intercepted a lazy pass and found Mariah Davis in the penalty area. Davis slipped her shot past Katie Stachula for a 1-0 Bulldog advantage. Union produced nine shots to Shorter's three in the first 45 minutes, but was only able to come up with that lone tally, allowing Shorter the chance to battle back in the second half.
For the game, the Lady Hawks held an 18-12 advantage in shots, including a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. Greenwald and Tamiosso were most dangerous for Shorter offensively, firing six and four shots, respectively. Greenwald scored for the third straight game and now has a team high four goals on the season and 19 total in her three-year Shorter career, second all-time behind Pauline Van Der Henst and her 32 strikes.
Stachula made five saves for Shorter. The sophomore has taken over goalkeeping duties after senior Taylor Hays was shut down with a foot injury two weeks ago.
The Lady Hawks are back in action on Friday, September 28 when they play host to GSC foe University of West Alabama. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 pm on Ben Brady Field.