ALMA, Mich. - Adrian College women's soccer battled to a draw for the second time this season against MIAA leader Alma College with a 2-2 double overtime outcome on Tuesday afternoon from Scotland Yard. The two teams earned one point in the league standings and earlier this season on Sept. 13 played to a 0-0 double overtime match at Performance Stadium in Adrian. The Bulldogs are now 8-2-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the conference. The Scots are currently ranked 25th nationally and are now 9-2-2 overall and 6-1-2 in the league.
"Both teams had chances to put the game away today, so the scoreline was fair in that respect. Conditions were difficult playing into a heavy wind, so a tie on the road is a little more acceptable as a result," said head coach Ali Alamdari.
The teams went back-and-forth throughout the match as Adrian answered both Alma goals. The Scots led 1-0 at the 38:23 mark as Allison Smith scored her first goal unassisted on the fourth shot on goal by Alma. The Bulldogs came right back to tie it 1-1 as junior Sam Barker took an indirect kick from 12 yards by sophomore Erin Weide after Becky Reynolds was obstructed and brought down. Barker's seventh goal came at the 40:59 mark just before intermission.
The second half was controlled by the Scots who finished with seven shots on goal compared to two for the visiting Bulldogs. Overall, Alma attempted 19 shots compared to three in the second half by Adrian. Senior Chayna Wallace kept Adrian in the match with 12 saves. Kailey Vlug, reigning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week, scored her fifth goal from Samantha Waldrop at the 62:58 mark to give Alma a 2-1 lead. Barker answered again at 72:21 with her second goal of the match and sixth goal in her last three matches. She scored her eighth overall with an assist from Sophie Rammal. Rammal played a beautiful ball that Barker took on one bounce and played over the rushing keeper Morgan Waier.
"Overall, we are a little disappointed that we did not get the full three points, but we are still in the mix for the league so we just need to put this behind us and prepare for Saint Mary's on Thursday," commented Alamdari. "Rammal and Melissa Woolsey really played well for us today and those type of performances are what we need moving forward by all of our team."
In the first overtime, Taryn Handyside and Vlug had the only shots on goal for either team. In the second extra session, Carmina Lizyness took a shot wide for Adrian and the Scots had two corner kicks within the final minute to try and win the match without success.