BOSTON, Mass. – Even with the Lions offense peppering 20 shots on the day, the Emerson Women's Soccer Team battled to a double-overtime 1-1 draw against NEWMAC foe Smith Saturday afternoon. On the year the Lions are now 6-6-1 and 1-2-1 in the NEWMAC while the Pioneers hold at 4-6-2 and 2-2-1 in conference play.
The first half saw Smith looking strong as it took them only 10 minutes into the game before Innis Hitt weaved the ball through the Lion defense before airing a shot that fell just over Melanie Escobar's outstretched hands to lob in a goal for the lead. The rest of the half saw the Lions start to settle down, but not before time ran out with Smith up 1-0.
The second half was a difference story though as the Lions took control, stepping up to shoot nine to Smith's two shots in the half and make Pioneer goalie Alanna Lynch work to keep her shutout. She was unable to do so though as EC broke through the in 65th minute of action as the Lions put a ball in the box that bounced off a Pioneer defender that Mollie Coyne put a one-touch blast on to the top right of the corner.
With time expiring the teams took to the field in a 1-1 stalemate for overtime that saw a quiet first 10 minutes as only one shot was put up. The second overtime was a little more aggressive with three shots between the teams, but both keepers stepped up for a save each as the game came to a close with a 1-1 tie.
The Lions will hit the road this week as they travel to face NEWMAC opponent Wheaton on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.