Women's Soccer Plays Lewis To 2-2 Double Overtime Tie In Home Opener

Freshman Sam Zerilli accounted for the Bulldogs' game-tying goal in the double-overtime tie against Lewis. (Photo courtesy of The Pioneer)
Freshman Sam Zerilli accounted for the Bulldogs' game-tying goal in the double-overtime tie against Lewis. (Photo courtesy of The Pioneer)

The Ferris State University women's soccer team overcame a 2-0 first-half deficit with a pair of second-half goals to force a 2-2 double overtime tie against Lewis this Tuesday (Sept. 1) afternoon in the Bulldogs' 2009 home opener at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

With the tie, Ferris State presently sports a 0-2-1 overall record for the 2009 campaign.

Lewis (1-1-1 overall) started the scoring just 7:14 into the non-conference match as Kelsey Muruato tallied on a breakaway shot from the left side which sailed just above the outstretched hands of FSU freshman goalkeeper Kara Stephens (St. Johns).  The Flyers would add to their lead with 2:09 remaining before the half as Aly Lansky's shot on goal was initially saved by Stephens.  However, the Bulldog netminder took a step backwards after making the save and the ball crossed the goal line as Lewis was awarded the goal to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Ferris State would come out in the second 45 minutes of regulation and control the majority of the play as evidenced by outshooting the Flyers, 19-3, in the half.  Sophomore forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) accounted for the Bulldogs' first goal of 2009 on a penalty kick at the 65:01 mark.  Borgman's shot was directed toward the bottom of the right corner which went opposite of Lewis goalkeeper Megan George's attempted stop. 

The Bulldogs would proceed to even the score at 2-2 just over three minutes later when freshman midfielder Sam Zerilli (Clinton Township/Chippewa Valley) headed the ball into an open Flyers' goal off a rebound shot from the left side by senior forward Megan McCabe (Brighton/Pinckney) for her first collegiate marker. 

Neither team was able to break through in the 20 combined minutes of the first and second overtime periods as Ferris State held a six-to-five shots edge in the extra sessions.

McCabe led the Bulldogs with six shots on goal while Borgman had three and Zerilli chipped in with two.  Kara Stephens, who is now 0-2-1 between the posts this season, played the entire 110 minutes and finished with two saves while Lewis' goalkeeper Megan George chalked up 14 stops in the same amount of playing time.

Ferris State concluded the match with 38 total shots, which featured 13 in the first half followed by 19 shots in the second half.

Ferris State returns to play this Friday (Sept. 4) versus the Quincy Lady Hawks at the Grand Valley State Tournament in Allendale, Mich.  A 2:30 p.m. (EDT) start time is scheduled for the non-league tilt.