Cedarville, Ohio – Ohio Dominican women's soccer fell to Cedarville 1-0 in overtime Saturday evening at the Yellow Jacket Soccer Complex.
The loss drops the Panthers to 2-3 (0-1) and the Yellow Jackets improve to 2-3 (1-0) on the young season.
Defense ruled the day early on as midfielder Shelby Shotton (Marion, Illinois) and goalkeeper Cecilia Kuntz (Berlin, Germany) played pivotal roles in thwarting the Cedarville attacking chances early on.
ODU also had chances to claim an advantage early as forward Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and midfielder Madeline Reimbold (Fort Wayne, Indiana) the duo worked to keep possession for the Panthers and create chances.
The Panthers found their offensive flow in the first half outshooting the Yellow Jackets 9-5. Midfielder Katlyn Jamiel (Wilmington, Ohio) led the Panthers with three shots on goal. Despite the early chances the Panthers couldn't capitalize to claim a lead and headed to the locker room tied at 0-0 at the break.
Cedarville answered with heavy offensive pressure to begin the second half. Forwards Olivia Huffman and Aleah Martone combined for three of the Yellow Jackets eight shots, and challenged Kuntz.
The Panther freshman keeper had a masterful save in the 84th minute diving to her left off a shot from Huffman and keeping the game level. At the end of regulation, neither team could establish an advantage and overtime was needed.
Both teams traded opportunities throughout the overtime period but a late penalty in the 99th minute proved to be the difference as Martone placed her shot to the right of Kuntz, lifting her team to a 1-0 victory.
The Panthers are back next weekend on the road at Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Trevecca Nazarene.