Pirates Draw, 1-1, With Tampa On Sunday
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Junior Nadima Skeff's goal in the 33rd minute helped the Armstrong Atlantic State University women's soccer squad earn a 1-1 draw with the University of Tampa on Sunday in Columbus, Ga.
The Pirates (7-2-1) finish the weekend 1-0-1 in Columbus, following up on Friday's win over the host Cougars with the draw against the Spartans (6-3-1). Armstrong is unbeaten in its last three meetings with Tampa.
Tampa opened up the scoring in the 28th minute as Charlotte White served a ball into the box, where the Spartans' Jazmin Perry collected her eighth goal of the season, beating Meghan Mayville for the goal. It ended Mayville's scoreless streak at 207:17 minutes, the longest of the season for the Pirates.
Armstrong answered with Skeff, who took advantage of a bad clearance by the Tampa defense to bend a shot from the top of the box inside the near right post for her fourth goal of the season, tying the match up at 1-1.
The Pirates outshot the Spartans, 6-5, in the first half and had several chances to break the tie in the second half, but Tampa goalkeeper Emelie Karstrom made a pair of saves on shots by Armstrong's Kristina Pascutti, keeping things knotted up into overtime.
"I'm proud of our effort today against a very good Tampa side," Head coach Eric Faulconer said. "We knew this Sunday game, after winning against Columbus State on Friday night, would not be easy. I think games like this will well prepare us for the stretch run in the conference."
The Pirates finished the match outshooting the Spartans, 14-7, with Karstrom making four saves for Tampa and Mayville making one save for Armstrong. The Pirates held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks and were whistled for 14 fouls, compared to 12 for the Spartans.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, October 8, hosting UNC Pembroke in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at 3:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Soccer Field.