SAN ANTONIO - The Sam Houston State women’s soccer team dominated the attack for most of the match but fell 3-2 in double overtime to Incarnate Word Friday evening.
The Bearkats (7-8-1 overall, 5-3-1 in the Southland Conference) outplayed the second-place Cardinals (8-8-0, 7-2-0) offensively by doubling their shots on goal (10 to four) despite falling behind early. Incarnate Word did outcaution Sam Houston State, however, with four yellow cards and a red, the latter stemming from a play that knocked junior Sammi Mayock, who is tied for the team lead with four goals on the season, out of the match due to injury two minutes into the first overtime.
The Cardinals (8-8-8 overall) scored two goals in the first half to grab the lead. The Bearkats quickly responded.
Thirty seconds after Incarnate Word’s second goal, Sam Houston State freshman Brooke Jones got the Bearkats on the board with her second score of the season in the 35th minute off an assist from junior Ashley Friedrichs.
Sam Houston State continued applying the pressure offensively but could not break through as the match looked like it was going to end in regulation despite the Bearkats outshooting the Cardinals on goal 7-3.
Jones changed that when, with 11 seconds left in regulation, she scored the equalizer on a header into the top right corner of the goal off the assist from senior Carlota Suarez-Crespo to send the match to overtime.
Sam Houston State had chances to win the match in the extra periods but failed to find the back of the net as Incarnate Word ended it with a golden goal in the 102nd minute.
The Bearkats will travel to Abilene Christian Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.