WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Blue Mountain Women had its first tie game in program history on Saturday, drawing with non-conference opponent Williams Baptist 1-1.
Williams Baptist scored its lone goal in the first period on a netter by Thaina Cavalcante on a pass from Livvie Campbell.
The Toppers would have to wait almost the entirety of the match to try and even the score, when Annabel Trauschke (FR/Amsterdam, Holland) would finally find the back of the net unassisted for Blue Mountain at the 89:57 mark, just three seconds left in the game.
"It was a relief to see it go in," BMC head coach Lauren Lear said. "Of course, no one wants a draw, but we'll take it with the way it was going."
The NAIA now rules that non-conference soccer games will end in a draw if tied at the end of regulation play.
Trauschke's goal was her seventh of the season as a true freshman, while Topper keeper Lexi Berry (FR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) was 3-for-4 on saves. Eagles' keeper Paige Strode was 5-for-6 in saves.
BMC (3-3-1, 0-0) opens a tough SSAC schedule Saturday, Sept. 24 as they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. to take on No. 3 nationally ranked William Carey in Hattiesburg, Miss. at 6:30 p.m.
Williams Baptist blanks Toppers
(RV) Williams Baptist got a shutout victory on Saturday over Blue Mountain in non-conference play, winning easily 6-0.
The Eagles would get two goals from Gabriel Otero late in the second period, with both coming within a minute of each other.
Lucas Camilo opened the game scoring for Williams Baptist, netting one on a pass from Adrian Briceno.
Daniel Oliviera scored the Eagles' second goal at 41:25 on an assist by Lucas Camilo.
Jacobo Obradors and Alfonso Madrigal both got goals with four minutes of one another midway.
"There just isn't much to say about it, we beat ourselves," BMC head coach John Morgan said. "We just have to keep repping what we're doing."
The Toppers would get just two shots on goal in the match from Felipe Santos (SR/Brasilia, Brazil) and Mackenzie Crerie (JR/London, England), while keepers Gabriel Omeneze (SO/Curitiba, Brazil) and Brandon Tita-nwa (SR/Olive Branch, Miss.) would combine 6-of-12 on saves. Eagle keeper Alejandro Perez (SR/Bogota, Colombia) earned the clean sheet at 2-for-2.
BMC (2-5, 0-0) returned home Tuesday to host Millsaps College at Topper Pitch with kickoff set for 4 p.m. CST.