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Beshk nets OT winner as Women's Soccer stays undefeated

MOUNT OLIVE, NC -- Catawba freshman Alexandra Beshk (Mission Viejo, CA) tallied an overtime game-winner to lift the 14th-ranked Indians to a 1-0 win over host Mount Olive in the Sleep Inn Women’s Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon at Trojan Field.

Catawba improves to 3-0, while the Trojans fall to 4-1. The teams had battled through a scoreless 90 minutes when Beshk took a pass from Kim Crowley (Glendale, AZ) at the top of the box and lofted a shot over keeper Ali O’Steen just 2:34 into extra time.

The game-winner earned Beshk a spot on the all-tournament team along with Leigh Telzrow (Dallas, TX). Goalkeeper Kathleen Blake (Greensboro, NC) made five saves in posting her third straight shutout to open the season. It marks the second time in three years and the third time in school history that the women have began the season with three consecutive shutouts.

Catawba allowed a goal in the fourth game on the other two occasions. In 2004, the women posted seven shutouts over the first eight matches. Mount Olive withstood three Catawba corner kicks in the first nine minutes of the match before mounting a series of attacks midway through the first half, but Blake turned back both attempts. Catawba nearly scored in the final minute of the half off a high service into the box, but Trojan defender Dani Boyes cleared the ball to keep the match scoreless at halftime.

Early in the second half a Catawba counter-attack ignited by a slide tackle in the Indian half almost led to a goal, but McKenzie Burman’s 15-yard attempt went outside the right post. Mount Olive had another scoring opportunity in the 65th minute when Painter lined a shot from just of the box, but Blake came up with the save.

Then came a bizarre sequence four minutes later resulting from what was ruled an indirect foul on an off the ball charge by the Catawba goalkeeper. After the center referee conferred with an assistant referee, Mount Olive was awarded an indirect kick in the center of the box from six yards out, prompting the entire Catawba team to line up on the goal line. The Trojans got two shot attempts, but both were blocked and Catawba was able to clear the ball.

Catawba threatened in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but Mount Olive fought off a pair of corner kicks without allowing a shot and Trojan goalkeeper Ali O’Steen intercepted two crosses into the box to force overtime, the Trojans’ second overtime contest of the season.

“I am very, very proud of how the team worked for each other,” said Catawba Coach John Cullen.

“They earned two region wins on the road and allowed no goals. It was a hard-fought, even match and another freshman stepped up at the end.”

SCORE BY PERIOD
#14 CATAWBA (3-0) 0 0 1 -- 1 MOUNT OLIVE (4-1) 0 0 0 -- 0 C - 92:34 – Alexandra Beshk (1) (Kim Crowley) Shots: Catawba 7, Mt. Olive 7 Corner Kicks: Catawba 8, Mt. Olive 2 Saves: MT.O – Ali O’Steen 4 CAT – Kathleen Blake 5 Fouls: Catawba 19, Mt. Olive 9 Offsides: Catawba 6, Mt. Olive 1 Cautions: Mt.O – Dos Santos (78’) Att: 101 #######

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