HAYS, Kan. — For the second straight match this season, 90 minutes of play was not enough as the Fort Hays State women's soccer team took to two overtime sessions, ultimately ending in a 1-1 tie with Emporia State. With the draw, Fort Hays State dropped to 1-2-2 on the season while Emporia State record its first tie of the season and sits 3-1-1.
Emporia State led the offensive push in the first 45 minutes of play, leading the Tigers in the shot column with five shots while limiting Fort Hays State to just one attempt. Neither team could find the back of the net, leaving the score knotted up at 0-0 heading into halftime. With the next 45 minutes of play ahead of them, both squads evened out their shot attempts with both the Tigers and Hornets attempting five in the half.
With the potential for overtime looming, the Hornets stung first as Shelby Keyes captured her first goal of the season in the 75th minute to claim the first 1-0 lead of the match. The Tigers would not back down though as they equalized the score at 1-1 with Olympia Katsouridis capturing her first goal of her sophomore campaign in the 83rd minute as she completed a header from an assist by Cailey Perkins on the left side of the goal. The final minutes of regulation resulted in neither team gaining the advantage, sending the match to a first decisive period.
Emporia State tried to end the match with a win as they attempted two shots while leaving the Tigers shot-less in the first overtime. However, the second and final overtime went in favor of Fort Hays State who attempted their share of two shots with neither resulting in a goal. After 110 minutes of play, the Tigers and Hornets ended in a draw in their non-conference match.
Maria Walden for Emporia State led all players with four shots including two on goal, while Darby Hirsch accounted for three of her own for the Tigers. The Hornets ended the match with 12 shots compared to just eight by the Tigers. Taking her second-straight tie in goal for Fort Hays State was Megan Kneefel who tallied five saves in the tilt. Kneefel now owns 33 saves through five matches for the Tigers. Taking the tie on the other side was Hornet keeper Jillian Patton who recorded just one save in the match.
The Tigers are back in action for the second of three-straight non-conference matches against MIAA foes. They host Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday with a kickoff set for 1 p.m.