Dover, Del. (Oct. 4, 2018) --- Delaware State scored the tying goal with a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation, but had to settle for a 1-1 with South Carolina State in a tightly played battle at Alumni Stadium Thursday evening.
South Carolina State (0-8-1) led for more than 71 minutes in regulation after scoring the first goal of the match in the 17th minute. Justine Zepeda scored from close range off a feed from Tamika Aguilar to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
The Hornets had several great scoring chances after falling behind but failed to connect. Savannah Ay (fr.) had a breakaway opportunity in the first period, but was stopped by SC State goal keeper Taylor Brittingham.
In the second period, DSU’s Mary O’Conner (fr.) had a chance to tie the match on a penalty kick, but missed right.
The Hornets (2-9-2) appeared headed for defeat but finally broke through when Jade Jamison (jr.) scored on a header off a perfect cross from the right corner by Katrina Silva (jr.) to tie the score in the 88th minute.
The goal was Jamison’s team-leading fifth of the season, second most in a season in school history. The team record is six by Chelsea Boursiquot in 2014. Jamison also leads the Hornets with 10 points this season. The assist was Silva’s first of the year.
Delaware State’s jubilation quickly turned to anxiety less than a minute later when the Hornets were whistled for a foul resulting in a penalty kick for the Bulldogs.
Hornet keeper Leslie Fazio came up big, stopping the potential go-ahead shot by SC State’s Jordan Crawford. The Bulldogs had another shot attempt on the possession, but Fazio swatted it away to keep the score knotted.
Delaware State had three shot attempts in the first overtime, one on goal, and Brittingham had two saves for the Bulldogs in the second extra period.
The Hornets outshot the Bulldogs 13-9, although each team had eight shots on goal.
Goal keepers Fazio and Brittingham recorded seven saves each.
Delaware State is back in action next Monday at Navy. The match begins at 5:00 p.m. in Annapolis, Md. The Hornets will return home October 15 to take on Canisius at Alumni Stadium ( 1:00 p.m.).