Howard outlasts C.M. Wright in OT, 2-1

October 01, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 15 Howard knew how to strike quickly, and that made all the difference in yesterday's 2-1 overtime victory at No. 11 C. Milton Wright.

Jen Chalfin chipped a perfect pass to Karen Krupka for the game-winner 3:59 into overtime.

"Karen and I always work well together," said Chalfin. "When I saw the ball, Karen yelled, 'Chip to me,' so I chipped it over and I just prayed."

The Mustangs, who outshot the Lions, 19-10, never threatened in the overtime.

Howard (2-2-1 overall, 0-0 league) had an opportunity in the first minute when Jen O'Rourke sent a pass to Sarah Campbell on the left wing, but Campbell didn't get off a good shot. Mustangs keeper Erin Updegrove (five saves) easily stopped her attempt.

In the second half, the Lions struck quickly when Sara Nunnally scored the first goal of the game in the second minute of the half.

After that, the Lions went to a double-stopped defense with Alyssa Gamaldo and Katie Kile trying to clog up the middle against the Mustangs' speedy offense. The strategy worked, with the Mustangs scoring their only goal on a fluke.

Jaime Gerhart's corner kick dropped down in front of the goal, but it caromed off Kile's hip into the net.

"I kept screaming at the team to pack it in," said Kile. "I said one-touch it out and clear it out. I went for the one-touch and it hit the wrong side of my body."

The Mustangs (4-2, 0-0) did not take advantage of their offensive opportunities. They had three good chances in the second half.

The first came when Miranda James headed Becky Gerhart's corner kick, but Lions keeper Elissa Sheffrin was right there to make the point-blank save. Sheffrin, who finished with 12 saves, also batted down a high shot by Amanda Moculski just under the crossbar. And with less than two minutes to go in regulation, Becky Gerhart had another good shot, but it hit the crossbar.

The Mustangs dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, but came away with nothing against the tough Howard defense of sweeper Rebecca Powell, sweeper Gamaldo and backs Chalfin, Kile and Marni Willis.

"They put a lot of pressure on the ball," said Mustangs coach Ken Dawson. "Their speed and quickness in combination with the pressure defense shut a lot of things down offensively.

"They did some nice passing, they trapped the ball well, they one-touched a lot, which can stress a defense especially when you change direction with the one-touch. You get opportunities, but if you don't take advantage of them, they may not come again."

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