CORPUS CHRISTI – The second game played out just like the first for the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (0-2-0) soccer team: a hard fought match in which the Islanders lost in heartbreaking fashion. This time it was via a golden goal by Dallas Baptist (1-0-0) in double overtime to secure a 4-3 win Friday evening as part of the Islanders Classic at the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium.
"Today's game didn't end the way we wanted, we played well enough to win the game, but had some tough breaks," Head Coach Shanna Caldwell said. "Dallas Baptist is a very disciplined team and they capitalized on their opportunities. We got some great minutes from a lot of players tonight and that experience will help us down the line."
It was a quick start for A&M – Corpus Christi, as Yvette Franco scored her first career goal, sending one to the back of the net after a pass from Kallyn Redona in the first minute of the game. However, the Patriots responded quickly, as Audrey Baldwin had to come up to cover a streaking Lea Sedwick, but Baldwin couldn't stop the breakaway, tying the game at one a piece.
After continuous pressure from the Islanders' attackers, it was Franco capitalizing once again, as she got around several defenders and found the back of the twine for her second goal of the night in the 25th minute. The score would remain at 2-1 after the first 45 minutes of play, giving A&M – Corpus Christi its first halftime lead this season.
The momentum kept rolling for the Islanders when Meghan Cordero unleashed a bomb from 30-yards out, as she drilled one just over the top of an outstretched Kerry Edwards in the 55th minute giving A&M – Corpus Christi a two-goal lead.
However, the Patriots would not go away, as after the dust settled with two players colliding in the box, DBU was awarded a penalty kick. Lindsey Eccles would take the shot, giving it just enough push to the left side to just glance off the fingertips of Baldwin, shrinking the lead to one.
Then, just six minutes later, another skirmish play in the box resulted in another penalty shot given to the Patriots. Eccles stepped in to take her second penalty of the game. This time, Baldwin read the shot correctly, the only difference this time was Baldwin was able to get a piece of it and the Islanders were able to clear it out of the box before the Patriots could tie it up.
Ultimately DBU would be able to find an equalizer, as in the 74th minute Jolee Patterson was able to chip one over the head of Baldwin leaving the score at three a piece.
It looked like Alyssa Miller would have her second goal of the season in the 77th minute, but she hit it just off the side of her foot resulting in it bouncing off the far side post. Both teams would each record one more shot, but to no avail, as the Islanders would head to their first overtime in program history.
One would not be enough though, as neither team could beat the keeper in the first 10 minutes, and either a winner or a tie would be found in the second OT. Unfortunately, Eccles would slip past the Islanders back line to score the golden goal for the Patriots, resulting in a heartbreaking loss for A&M – Corpus Christi after coming so close to its first program win.
"I told the girls to keep their heads held high and to come back Sunday ready to play," Caldwell added.
The Islanders will be back in action on Sunday for its second game of the Islanders Classic, as they will take on Campbell at 11:00 a.m. at Dugan Stadium.
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