For much of the match, Georgia looked good odds for the win on Friday night at Samford. But by the end of the second overtime period, they might consider themselves lucky escaping Birmingham with a 1-1 draw.
Junior Sydney Shultis got Georgia started beating the Samford keeper for a goal in the 11th minute. For the rest of the first half, it seemed Georgia was set to compound the misery of their hosts’ slow start to the season.
But another goal never came and Samford grew into the match as the second half progressed, finally pulling even with a goal from Erin Bonner off a corner kick just five minutes from full time.
Buoyed by the late goal and with Georgia clearly deflated, the home side took it to their opponents in overtime.
Samford outshot Georgia 8-1 in the extra time and seemed destined for a golden goal. But for all Samford’s dominance and multiple opportunities, UGA senior goalkeeper Louise Hogrell refused to yield coming up with several key interventions to preserve the draw for her side.
The 1-1 result moves Georgia’s record to 3-3-1 on the year. Samford currently sits at 1-5-1.
Both sides return to action on Sunday.
Georgia plays host to Coastal Carolina in Athens, while Samford travels north to take on Western Kentucky.