Hooper's Heroics Lift Eagles on Homecoming
WILMORE, Ky. – Kaitlyn Hooper scored three minutes into overtime to give the Eagles a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). It was Hooper’s second of the game and sixth of the season for the freshman.
Asbury (10-7) preserved their undefeated mark at home this season, improving to 9-0 on home turf. Hooper’s first career game-winner came 2:48 into overtime as Rebecca Batey found her on a deep cross. Hooper’s first shot hit the post and bounced close enough to her that she beat keeper Brittany Gadd who dove for the first shot.
Hooper would also add the game-tying goal in the 66th minute on an assist from Rebecca Batey after the Lady Patriots took a 2-1 lead into the break. Asbury scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute as Batey knocked home her 12th of the year after a long ball from Erin Sieberkrob. Cumberlands would answer with two straight from Danna Stringle.
Maegan Rogers made four saves in goal for the Eagles and Gadd made six for the Lady Patriots. Asbury took 16 shots to Cumberlands’ 13.
Asbury honored both Maegan Rogers and Erin Sieberkrob after the game as their two lone seniors. The Eagles will play a make-up home game on Tuesday against Georgetown to close out the regular season. The KIAC Tournament will be held at Midway, with Asbury the top seed and will play in the semis on Friday.
The 10-win season marks the sixth time in program’s 11-year history reaching double figures. All six have come in the last seven years. Head Coach Paul Nesselraode moves closer to the 100-win mark as he is now 95-88-6 in his nine years at the helm of the women’s program.