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Second half goal leads to tie for Midway women’s soccer

After having its game against Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) postponed earlier in the week, the Midway University women’s soccer team returned to action when the Eagles hosted Asbury (Ky.) at the Midway Soccer Field on Saturday, Oct. 14. Asbury (9-3-1, 3-1-1 RSC) took a 1-0 lead into the locker room, but Midway scored a goal late in the second half to tie it at 1-1. With the match tied, the two teams played a pair of 10-minute overtimes that saw neither team score. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. With the tie, Midway pushes its overall record to 5-3-1 to go with a 1-3-1 record within River States Conference play. The tie also ends a five-game losing skid to Asbury that dated back to the 2012 season. Asbury dominated play throughout, but while they didn’t have many opportunities, the Eagles capitalized on their chance when it came. The visitors held a 22-5 lead in shots and a 14-2 advantage in shots on goal. After the game remained scoreless for much of the first half and after missing on their first couple of shots, Asbury netted the game’s first goal in the 24th minute. Sarah Balkcom sent a corner kick into the box and connected with Georgia Clark who finished it off. A 1-0 lead stood at the half as Asbury took the one-goal advantage into the locker room. The Midway defense allowed the one goal in the first half, but the Eagles shut down the Asbury offense thanks in large part to the efforts of Emily Belt in goal. The senior from Paducah faced numerous shots from the visitors, but each time Belt was there for the save. Belt had to time her move just right in order to make the save as the game remained 1-0 until the 76th minute, when Midway scored an equalizer. With the Midway offense pushing forward, Regan Snyder tossed the ball into Jordyn D’Oench. The sophomore kicked the ball right back out to Snyder who planted and sent her shot over the goalkeeper’s arms into the back of the net at the far post to tie the game at one goal each. With the game now tied at 1-1, both defenses settled it. Asbury had numerous chances to score and Midway had a couple of opportunities to score, but neither could convert, and after 110 minutes, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. For Midway, Belt was magnificent in goal. She turned in the best game of her Midway career, finishing with a career-high 14 saves in a tie. She played all possible minutes in goal with 110, and surrendered the lone goal in the first half. Snyder led the way offensively for the Eagles with three shots. Ciara Weir and Kindsay Miller-Riney each tallied one shot. The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they travel to Owensboro to take on River States Conference foe, Brescia (Ky.). Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, they will host Kentucky Christian University at 3 p.m. at the Midway Soccer Field, weather permitting.

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