Gardner-Webb Women's Soccer Earns 0-0 Draw Sunday Night At USC Upstate

Gardner-Webb Women's Soccer Earns 0-0 Draw Sunday Night At USC Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Gardner-Webb women's soccer team played another hard 110 minutes for the second Sunday in a row, earning a 0-0 draw on the road at USC Upstate.

Gardner-Webb (0-2-2) played a 1-1 draw at Maryland last week on the road.

"We created a lot of opportunities tonight, but need to be more efficient in the final third," said head coach Mike Varga. "It was good to get a shutout. Now we need to put everything together."

The Runnin' Bulldogs dominated the first overtime period, getting off three shots in 10 minutes, with chances by Samuelle Grove and Justine Ibarra saved int the opening five minutes. Stina Kleppe got off a late shot with two seconds on the clock that sailed wide.

Gardner-Webb had a golden chance in the final overtime, as Brandi Arey's shot in the 103rd minute hit the post. A flurry by the Spartans (0-2-2) minutes later nearly ended the match as well, with a shot by Maddie Little blocked in the 105th minute and another seven seconds later off the foot of Ashley Wright saved by Keely Brown.

Less than a minute later, Upstate's Leah Tyson put a shot off the crossbar.

Arey fired a shot that was saved in the 107th minute and a corner kick with less than 10 seconds remaining by the Runnin' Bulldogs did not avoid the second draw in as many weeks.

Gardner-Webb had a pair of early chances out of halftime, with shots from Erin Shamleffer and Eline Glamsland saved by Brooke Bailey in the first 11 minutes.

The Spartans made a wild scramble to win late in regular time, getting off a pair of shots and two corners kicks in the final minute. Delaney Bussey's attempt at 89:10 was blocked and a shot by Kate Winegarner was also blocked at 89:43. USC Upstate had another corner kick with five seconds left that was for naught.

Gardner-Webb dominated the stat sheet in the opening 45 minutes, out-shooting the Spartans 10-4 before half.

Each team had a high volume of shots recorded through 110 minutes, with Gardner-Webb owning a 24-17 overall edge in shots - with 11 of those attempts on frame. The Spartans had just four of their 17 shots on goal for the evening.

Arey posted a team-high six shots, with three on goal. Ibarra had a four shots, with three on goal. Glamsland (three shots), Shamleffer (three shots) and Grove (three shots) also had active nights on the offensive end.

Brown had four saves in her shutout performance between the posts. The sophomore keeper has played every minute of every match sine arriving on campus last summer.

Upstate had a pair of players with three shots to pace its attack. Bailey finished with 11 saves in a shutout performance in goal.

Gardner-Webb will head to Winston-Salem, N.C., on Friday to take on New Hampshire in the first match of the 2016 Wake Forest Tournament. Kickoff is set for 5:00 PM. The Runnin' Bulldogs will take on Dartmouth in the final match of that event on Sunday (9/4) at 11:30 AM.

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