Late goal lifts George Mason past UNCW women

Late goal lifts George Mason past UNCW women

WILMINGTON, South Carolina – Sophomore forward Nia Elbeck scored with 26 seconds remaining in the second overtime period as George Mason rallied to edge UNCW, 2-1, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Friday night.

The Patriots, who won their second straight road game, improved to 6-3-0 on the season. Meanwhile, UNCW dropped to 5-2-1 after suffering its second loss in the last three outings.

Elbeck gave George Mason the one-goal victory when she headed in a crossing pass from junior forward Erin Mitchell past senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy. It was Elbeck's third goal of the season.

After a scoreless first half, UNCW claimed a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute when junior defender Savannah Andrews tallied the first goal of her college career with a free kick from 35 yards that hit the crossbar before crossing the goal line.

The Seahawks held onto the advantage until the final minute of regulation when Mitchell tied the game by scoring on a rebound of a shot from junior midfielder Kaila Williams with 23 seconds remaining.

Senior goalkeeper Kirsten Glad made six saves in the win for the Patriots, who outshot UNCW by a 13-8 margin. Huddy posted two saves in the loss for the Seahawks.

#SeahawkStats: George Mason improved to 15-9-1 in the all-time series after snapping a two-game skid against the Seahawks … UNCW was outshot for the first time this season … Andrews, who has tallied all four of her points in the last two games, became the 10th different UNCW player to score a goal this season … UNCW played its second overtime game of the season after earning a tie against Navy on Aug. 26.

Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks continue their three-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 18, by hosting North Dakota State at 1 p.m.

College Women's Soccer: George Mason 2, UNCW 1 (2OT)
George Mason        0          1          0          1          -           2
UNCW                    0          1          0          0          -           1

Goals: GMU – Erin Mitchell (89:37), Nia Elbeck (109:34); UNCW – Savannah Andrews (47:14). Assists: GMU – Erin Mitchell, Kaila Williams; UNCW – n/a. Saves: GMU – Kirsten Glad 6 (109:34, 1 goals allowed); UNCW – Carolyn Huddy 2 (109:34, 2 goals allowed). Shots: GMU – 13; UNCW – 8. Corner Kicks: GMU – 7; UNCW – 3. Attendance: 387.