Pirates steal Blue Raiders' postseason hopes
MT closes out season with 2-1 loss at ECUOctober 31, 2013 · @MTAthletics
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Middle Tennessee soccer team's (6-8-4, 3-5-2 C-USA) season came to a close Thursday night at East Carolina (8-8-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) as the Pirates stole a 2-1 contest away from the Blue Raiders off of a penalty kick in the final five seconds of play.
ECU took an early lead as the Pirates jumped in front 1-0 during the 22nd minute as Kendall Frey netted her fifth goal of the season. Stephanie Seagrave sent a pass to Lexi Miller, who then crossed to Frey at the left of the goal.
After halftime, the Blue Raiders came back recharged as sophomore Tori Hawkins netted the equalizer in the 67th minute off of a pass from Kate Loye down the left side. Hawkins' ball caught the right corner of the net, knotting things up at 1-1. The goal marked the fourth for Hawkins this season as well as Loye's fourth assist.
MT fired off seven shots in the second period, including five on goal. ECU goalkeeper Saundra Baron collected four saves in the second half.
Despite only taking four shots in the second period, the Pirates ended up winning the game off of a penalty kick in the 90th minute. After a Blue Raider yellow card with five seconds left in the contest, ECU's Danielle Romano was given a penalty kick, the second-straight for an MT opponent. Romano tagged the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
MT goalkeeper Kelsey Brouwer grabbed two saves on the night, while Baron snagged seven saves.
Middle Tennessee outshot East Carolina 15-8 with eight shots on goal, compared to the Pirates' four. ECU claimed the corner kick contest 4-2.
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