William Woods Freshman Secures Win in Last 27 Seconds
CLARKSVILLE, AR -- A last-minute goal from Jordan McNamara gave the William Woods University women's soccer team its second straight win on Monday, as the Owls downed the University of the Ozarks by a 2-1 scoreline. The freshman struck for her second goal of the season with just 27 seconds left on the clock, with Stephanie Kirvan picking up the assist.
William Woods was the aggressor from the outset, recording 14 shots (seven on goal) in the first 45 minutes. The Owls nearly followed the lead of the men's squad, as Jamie Palermo would test the Eagles' keeper with just 40 seconds gone, but her effort was saved by Mary Eoff.
As much as the Owls pressed the attack, Kirvan and the defense were locked down in the back, allowing the hosts just three shots in the first frame and just eight overall in the match.
Ashley Deckard saw her hard work from the first half pay of in the 56th minute, as Brittainy German found her classmate for the opener.
Haley Gilliam was able to equalize for the Ozarks in the 63rd minute off an Eagles corner kick. Gilliam earned the corner for the hosts as her shot was deflected across the endline, and was able to find an open spot in the box. She converted off the service from MaKenna Piha to level the score at 1-1.
The Owls stepped up the attack, with Palermo nearly picking up the gamewinner just minutes late, but her effort was turned away by Codie Freeman for the Eagles.
As the clock wound down, WWU earned a free kick in a dangerous spot in the attacking third. Although the initial effort was not on target, Kirvan was able to clean the ball up and find McNamara and the freshman poked it in for the win.
Other than the single goal, Kelly Abernathy wasn't tested heavily, recording four saves in the outing. WWU moves to 2-1 on the season and will return home on Wednesday. The Owls are slated to host Central Methodist University, with kickoff in the match set for 5 p.m.