Oct. 5, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Freshman Cheyna Williams scored twice and sophomore Gena Inbusch netted the game winner in the 105th minute as the Vanderbilt women's soccer team took a 3-2 win Friday at Arkansas.
In damp conditions on a cold, windy night in Fayetteville, both teams had their fair share of good and bad bounces. Vanderbilt capitalized on the game's final bounce and also benefitted from 12 saves by sophomore Alexa Levick.
Vanderbilt never trailed in the game. Williams gave the Commodores a 1-0 advantage in the second minute. After a nice Vanderbilt buildup, Williams trapped a ball near the penalty spot and maneuvered between three Arkansas defenders. After a touch past the defender to her left, Williams struck a shot past the near post to give VU a 1-0 lead at the 1:03 mark. The Commodores had scored in the 10th minute of two games this season, but tonight's goal marked their earliest strike of the year.
The Razorbacks equalized with less than one minute to go in the first half. A misplayed pass by the Commodore defense was intercepted by UA's Allie Chandler, who tucked the ball under a charging Levick to tie the score at 1-1.
Williams grabbed the lead back for VU in the 59th minute. Freshman Kelsey Tillman played a through ball down the left side that Williams ran onto and dribbled toward the end line. After beating an Arkansas defender Williams struck a shot that deflected off UA's keeper and into the goal.
Levick saved a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Tyler Allen shot high to the right and Levick dove and deflected the ball over the crossbar. But Arkansas would equalize with just over a minute to play. After a Razorback free kick from 40 yards out, Yvonne DesJarlais found herself on the end of a deflection and volleyed the ball into the goal.
Friday's game marked Vanderbilt's seventh overtime contest of the season, and Vanderbilt's first victory in extra time. In the 105th minute of the game, Vanderbilt played a ball ahead that looked destined to be picked up by Arkansas' goalkeeper. But under pressure from Inbusch, the ball was misplayed, and the VU sophomore calmly put the ball into the back of the net to give Vanderbilt the win.
The Commodores will spend the night in Fayetteville before flying to Baton Rouge, Louisiana tomorrow. Vanderbilt faces LSU on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. CT in a game that will be televised by SportsSouth.