UNG women’s soccer falls to Flagler in heartbreaking overtime defeat

The UNG women’s soccer team suffered a hard-fought overtime loss to nationally ranked Flagler College Saturday, Sept. 30, by a score of 3-2.

The Saints of Flagler College opened up the match, scoring courtesy of a Fio Fustagno header, which came off a cross sent in by sophomore forward Charlene Nowotny in the 29th minute.

The Nighthawks entered halftime down a goal but were able to respond in the 53rd minute as Renee VanHorn headed in a cross delivered by Olivia Dumphy. This goal was a product of halftime adjustments made by head coach Chris Adams.

Olivia Dumphy (left) and Renee VanHorn celebrate VanHorn’s goal toghether. Dumphy delivered the ball in with a perfect cross which VanHorn headed past the keeper for a goal. (Photo by Jake Cantrell)

“We just made a few small adjustments and were able to expose the weaknesses in their formation,” Adams said. “We executed better and found better spacing in the second half.”

The adjustments made by Adams and the coaching staff led to another goal in the 61st minute. Junior midfielder Asa Thorsen found the back of the net after a strike from the top of penalty box courtesy of a Michelle Allen assist.

Junior midfielder Asa Thorsen fires home a goal at the top of the box in the 61st minute. The goal put the Nighthawks up 2-1, but they couldn’t hold the lead, falling 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Drew Hubbard)

The Saints did not go without a fight, however, and were able to level the match in the 90th minute as Fustagno scored her second goal of the game.

Flagler was able to find the back of the net quickly after going into overtime when Nowotny ended the match in the 94th minute, giving the Nighthawks their first overtime loss of the season.

“Every game is going to be a tough challenge and I expect no different when we play Lander on Wednesday,” Adams said.

The Nighthawks will look to live up to the challenge on Wednesday as they host Lander in Dahlonega and attempt to put a stop to a two-game losing streak.

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