Johnson City, Tenn. - Stetson had a penalty kick in the final minute of play to tie the game but a great save by the ETSU goalkeeper sent the Hatters home with a 2-1 loss and a single point earned over the weekend trip to USC Upstate and East Tennessee State. With the loss Stetson fell to 6-8-1 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play. ETSU improved to 7-6-1 and 3-4-0 in the A-Sun.
ETSU scored first on a goal by Ramey Kerns in the 38th minute, her 6th of the season. The teams then battled back and forth until the 71st minute when Stetson's Sammie Mathews (Palmetto, Fla.) delivered her first of the season and the first of her collegiate career. She was set up for a one-timer in the box by Tessa Gavilsky (Granite City, Ill.) who leads the league in assists.
Just over three minutes later the Buc's Kayla White tallied the unassisted game-winner, her 3rd of the season. Overall ETSU led the Hatters 20-9 in shots and 5-3 in corner kick chances.
"We played pretty well today, especially in the second half", said Stetson head coach Julie Orlowski. "We still control our own destiny as far as making the conference tournament. We are looking forward to coming home and playing in front of the home crowd next weekend and try to get in."
Stetson returns home to take on Lipscomb on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Belmont Sunday at 1:00 p.m. After that there will be one final chance to earn points Sunday October 24 at FGCU.