Painter Nets Game-Winner in Come-From-Behind Win Over Carlow
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury Eagles soccer team earned a crucial conference victory over the defending KIAC Conference champions from Carlow University on Saturday afternoon. Coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to the hands of Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night, the Eagles bounced back in a big way looking to set the tone for the remainder of the season.
What better way to end September with a great performance against a team that has had Asbury’s number last season? In the previous two meeting between the schools, the Celtics of Carlow University took both games 1-0.
That was the last thing on the Eagles mind after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Carlow.
Asbury looked to take control early in the game and that’s just what they did.
In the eleventh minute, Asbury sophomore Jenna Bird raced down the right side of the field, slotting the ball into freshman Shanda Painter who sent a shot toward the opposing goalkeeper. The ball found the bottom of the crossbar and careened into the goal for a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Painter’s fourth goal of the season and it was the lone goal of the first half as the Eagles’ took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Coming out of halftime it seemed that Carlow University made the necessary adjustments as they came out firing. Early in the second-45, Celtics' reserve Ashley Formato scored the equalizer when she collected a loose ball in the Eagles' box, spun, and hit the back of the net.
The game was knotted a one apiece with 34 minutes and change left to play.
The Celtics next goal seemed to shock everyone, including goalkeeper Lizzie Hoffa. Sophomore Kathleen Riley blasted a shot from about 25 yards out that found twine and gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
However, the goal didn’t break Asbury’s spirits and their hunger for goals showed over the remainder of the half.
Asbury’s best chance of the game to that point came after a Celtic defender was called for a foul in their defensive box leading to a penalty kick. Unfortunately, Cassie Holland’s kick was stymied by goalie, Ashlyn Fratto, as the game remained in favor of the visitors 2-1.
But the Eagles wouldn’t let up.
Just minutes later, Asbury would capitalize on an equalizer of their own when junior Meredith Ury was on the receiving end of another Bird assist. Bird once again was dashing down to the right of the pitch when she sent a high cross into the box to Ury, who volleyed the ball into the right side of the net.
With time winding down, the Eagles would find another great opportunity and would capitalize again. Ury evaded four Celtic defenders attempting to challenge her down the left side and slotted it into Painter who touched the ball to the back of the net. The goal was Painter’s second of the game and turned out to be the game-winner.
The Eagles’ bench and fans in attendance erupted in jubilation as the Eagles took a 3-2 lead. Painter’s goal came in the eighty-forth minute and Asbury was able to hold on.
The match was even the nearly entire day with momentum shifts back and forth throughout the game. Each team, equally, had fifteen shots. Also, saves and fouls for both teams were nearly identical.
Asbury goalie Lizzie Hoffa picked up the win as she saved seven of Carlow’s shots, while Fratto, who was tagged with the loss, saved six of Asbury’s shots on goal.
With the second half of the season well under way, Asbury will look to this game for momentum the rest of the season. The Eagle’s are now tied for first in the KIAC conference with a 2-0 conference record to go along with a 4-6 overall record.
Carlow dropped to fourth in the conference with a record of 4-2 (2-1 KIAC).
Asbury’s next two games will be away from Wilmore; therefore their next home game is scheduled for October 15th when they will take on University of the Cumberlands.