Dolphins extend season with overtime win

Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Bassett’s second goal on the night ended ETSU’s season and advanced JU into the second round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.  The Dolphins defeated the Bucs 2-1 in overtime Saturday night in Johnson City, Tenn. 

The Dolphins got on the board first as they were able to break through in the 35th minute.  Bassett was able to score her first goal on the night with an assist from senior midfielder Emily Culbreth. 

The JU lead would be short-lived as the Bucs were able to knot the game just two minutes later. 

The Atlantic Sun and NCAA leading scorer Ramey Kerns converted on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.

Neither team would go on to score in the second half after each team was able to push across a goal in the first period.

After the scoreless second half, the Dolphins and Bassett would strike seven minutes into the first overtime period.

Bassett corralled a ball in the left side of the box and fired a shot over the ETSU keeper to the far post and into the back of the net for the game winner.  The goal marked her sixth of the season. 

"Great job tonight by the girls," said head coach Brian Copham.  "ETSU is a good team and Adam Sayers does a great job.  I am proud of how the girls responded to tonight's challenge.  This is not an easy place to play and with the cold and rain it made it even more difficult tonight.  Tournament games are always a grind and this was no excepetion.  We are very excited to be continuing on with the season and playing next weekend."

The Dolphins will now travel to Fort Myers to take on the #1 seed FGCU Eagles on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.  The two teams tied 1-1 when they faced off in Jacksonville back on October 7.