Upstate Battles to 0-0 Draw with North Florida

October 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

Ellen Bright recorded nine saves for the second straight match as the USC Upstate women’s soccer team earned a point in the conference standings following a 0-0 draw to the North Florida Ospreys Sunday afternoon at County University Soccer Stadium.

Upstate’s record now sits at 2-12-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the conference, while North Florida is 4-10-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in A-Sun play.

The first half was a defensive struggle for both teams as they combined for eight shots with Bright and UNF goalie Susie Ford collecting a total of three saves.

North Florida produced two scoring chances in the opening 18 minutes on attempts from Lanie Keating and Alexis Bredeau. Bright held the Ospreys scoreless after securing two of her nine saves in the match. Maddie Little and Kenzie Major looked to put the Spartans on the scoreboard in the 17th and 37th minutes, but both shots sailed high of the net. Major came back in the 42nd minute with her second shot of the match only to see Ford grab her only save of the half.

Offense ruled the second half with both teams totaling 15 shot attempts. Bright was tested within the first 20 minutes as North Florida looked to score three different times. Bredeau had a chance in the 64th minute but Bright was there for her third save of the contest. Gabrielle Ligouri had two shots within four seconds of each other with her first being blocked and the second being saved by Bright.

Nicki Krejci looked to put Upstate ahead shortly thereafter in the 67th minute and was denied by UNF goalie Victoria Ekeli, who came on in the second half and played the final 65 minutes. Bright sent the match into overtime following her save off Ashley Carmean’s attempt with just 17 seconds left in regulation.

The Ospreys nearly scored the game-winner just 35 seconds into the first overtime period. A cross from the near side by UNF deflected off a Spartan defender and rolled past the diving Bright, but just missed right of the net.

Both teams had chances during the second overtime with Major providing Upstate’s in the 108th minute and Katy Mixon with five seconds remaining for North Florida.

The Ospreys held an 18-12 advantage in shots and 8-6 in corner kicks. Bright picked up her third shutout of the season and Ekeli had two saves in the second half.

Bredeau led UNF with six shots including three on-goal while Major added four with two coming on-goal for the Spartans.

Upstate travels to Florence, S.C. Tuesday evening as it closes out non-conference play against Francis Marion at 7 p.m.

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