Lancers blank Winthrop in OT draw

Published 12:58 pm Thursday, October 1, 2015

Behind a four-save effort from Maria Kirby and marathon performances from defenders Alana Mackey and Haylea Witz, Longwood women’s soccer recorded its Big South-leading sixth shutout of the season in a scoreless, double-overtime draw against Winthrop at Manchester Meadows.

Playing their second straight overtime game, Mackey and Witz anchored the back line for the entire 110 minutes to help Longwood (5-5-1, 1-1-1 Big South) limit the Eagles to just four shots on goal.

Kirby corralled all four of those shots en route to earning her fourth shutout of the year, moving her into a tie for the Big South lead despite starting seven of Longwood’s 11 games.

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“Under extreme playing conditions with the heat on the artificial surface, we earned a shutout on the road,” said Longwood head coach Todd Dyer. “We created a few chances on the day, but we still need to be sharper and finish those.”

Winthrop countered Longwood’s defensive effort with a shutout of their own, thwarting four Lancer attempts on goal behind keeper Karly Gustafson’s first shutout of the year.

Longwood will now return briefly to non-conference competition with a Saturday road trip to Francis Marion.

That matchup precedes a Big South rivalry showdown at the Longwood Athletics Complex against Radford on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.