Sams, Flitcraft lead Purple Raiders in OAC Victory

Maria Favorite
Maria Favorite

MARIETTA, Ohio—The Mount Union women's soccer team a won their first Ohio Athletic Conference match of the season with a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime win over Marietta. In their victory, the Purple Raiders (6-5-2, 1-2-0 OAC) received a little bit of help from the host Pioneers.

With 5:43 remaining in the second overtime period, a corner kick by Ashley Sams (Alliance/St. Thomas Aquinas) was deflected into the net by a Marietta player to give Mount Union the win.

Marietta took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Holly Simms in the fifth minute.  Sams evened the score in the 13th minute when she received a pass in the box from Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) and beat the keeper in the lower right corner of the goal.

Marietta regained the lead just two minutes later after a goal by Stevie Reilly. In the 33rd minute, Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) responded with a breakaway goal to pull the Purple Raiders even heading into halftime.

After combining to score four times in the first 33 minutes of the match, neither team scored again for the next 72 minutes before the own goal.

Freshman Maria Favorite (Chesterland/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) made five saves for Mount Union. Kelly Sommers made six saves for Marietta (1-10-1, 0-3-0).

Mount Union returns to action Wednesday night when they travel to University Heights to take on John Carroll.


 Mount Union (6-5-2, 1-2-0) vs. Marietta (1-10-1, 0-3-0)
 Date: Oct 08, 2011  Attendance: 136

 Goals by period       1  2 OT O2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  2  0  0  1 -  3
 Marietta............  2  0  0  0 -  2
  1.   4:14 MARWS Holly Simms (1) (unassisted) - Direct kick just oustide 18-yard box
  2.  12:25 MTU Ashley Sams (Christin Handley) - cross into the 18 yard box, shot lower right corner
  3.  14:27 MARWS Stevie Reilly (2) (Cara Nuss) - Long diagonal pass into the 18-yard box, shot lower right corner
  4.  32:42 MTU Alyssa Flitcraft (Kylee Kolesar) - break away one on one with goalie
  5. 104:13 MTU OWN GOAL Corner kick - Own goal

 Shots: Mount Union 15, Marietta 11
 Saves: Mount Union 5 (Maria Favorite 5), Marietta 6 (Kelly Sommers 6)