ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Olivet and Adrian College each scored in the first half and the Comets and Bulldogs battled the rest of the way in a 1-1 draw in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener for both squads.
"On one hand, the effort and work rate we put on the field was solid for 110 minutes," Adrian ninth-year coach Ali Alamdari said after the game. "However, we know that we had several opportunities to put the game away in the first half and we just didn't capitalize.
"We'll rest up after this stretch of four matches in seven days and be ready for Hope Saturday."
Final Score: Adrian 1, Olivet 1 (2OT)
Location: Docking Stadium ; Weather: Partly Sunny, 89F (Heat Index 93F), Wind NW 6 mph
Records: Adrian Bulldogs (2-1-1, 0-0-1 MIAA), Olivet Comets (2-1-1, 0-0-1 MIAA)
• Goalkeeper freshman Ayverie Giller made five saves, including several in spectacular fashion.
• Senior Sofia Farah scored Adrian's lone goal off a direct free kick in the 13th minute.
• Senior Taylor Miller led Adrian with four shots, including two on goal.
• Emma Essen scored for the Comets with just 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
• Ashley Romanowski, Emily Reinecke and Essen each had five shots; Olivet finished with 18.
• Brooklyn Burel made six saves.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Bulldogs struck first 13 minutes in as an OC foul set up Farah above the top of the box. She rifled her second goal of the season from 25 yards away into the upper-left corner.
• Before Olivet tied it, the Comets best scoring opportunity came in the 20th minute as Giller made a diving stop to her left to deny Essen from close range.
• But the Comets were able to knot things off a scramble in the 6-yard box as Essen lifted a shot over everyone and into the back of the net for her second tally this fall.
• Adrian controlled much of the possession and had the better chances in the first half. In the 10th minute, freshman Tayler O'Dell had a shot from the top of the penalty area saved by Burel with her fingertips and then carom off the crossbar.
• In the second half, the Comets came out firing but Giller and her backline played large defensively. In the 52nd minute, Reinecke's free kick from 22 yards out bended around the wall and was stopped by Giller on a dive to her right. Reinecke also was denied in the 54th minute.
• Both teams had a couple good looks in the extra sessions. In the first overtime, Sarah Feldpausch nearly won it on a scramble at the mouth of the goal but Giller came up with the point-blank save in the 97th minute. With three seconds left, reigning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week and junior Mackenzie Wilcox's shot went just wide left on a shot from inside the box on the right side.
• In the second overtime, Farah hit the post from close range in the 101st minute. Reinecke had a shot blocked at the top of the 18-yard line in the 106th minute and two minutes later had another attempt that sailed high.
• The Bulldogs stay in MIAA play on Saturday (Noon) against Hope in the second of a three-game homestand.