The Spring Hill College women's soccer team opened the 2010 season with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in two overtimes to archrival the University of Mobile at Library Field on Monday evening.
With the game scoreless after regulation and one overtime, Spring Hill senior goalkeeper Emma Pitchford attempted to clear the ball directly forward, but instead found Mobile's Brianna Simmons waiting at the top of the box. Simmons immediately lifted a shot back over the head of Pitchford to end the match at the 102:33 mark.
Both teams put up tough defensive efforts throughout the contest, but both offenses also missed golden opportunities in regulation and the first overtime.
In the 4th minute of play, Mobile Olivia Maddox picked up a rebound off the hands of Pitchford only to miss her shot wide right.
Lorna Brownlie, the Mobile keeper, twice breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the first period and as the clock ticked down at the end of regulation play. In the 45th minute, she saved a shot by the Badgers' Sara Uptmor and with one second remaining in regulation she tipped away a shot by Abby Galen that then hit the right upright and bounced over the goal.
In the final seconds of the first overtime, Pitchford also saved a shot by the Ram's Missy Stovall.
The Rams outshot the Badgers 18 to 8, including a 5 to 4 advantage in shots-on-goal. Both keepers collected four saves.
Mobile far outpaced SHC in corner kicks by taking seven corners to just one for the Badgers.
Coming into the match, the Lady Rams of Mobile were sitting just outside of the NAIA preseason Top 25 ratings.
The match was originally scheduled to be played on the Mobile campus, but heavy rains and soggy conditions forced a change in venue to the SHC campus on Thursday.
Spring Hill College will get a chance at revenge when the Lady Rams come back to Library Field for a conference match to close out the regular season on October 30.
Spring Hill (0-1) next takes to the road for a non-conference Sunday match at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a Monday match at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) starting at 1 p.m. Mobile (1-0) travels to Martin Methodist College on Thursday at 4 p.m.