Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's soccer team opened the 2006 season with a 0-0 tie against visiting Lambuth University on Friday afternoon.
The non-conference match saw both teams have several chances to score, but neither was able to muster a goal after 120:00 of play. Ozarks nearly pulled out a win with :18 seconds remaining in the second overtime when freshman Heather Dryden had a one-on-one opportunity. Dryden beat the first defender and took a solid shot from 15 yards, but Lambuth goalkeeper Connie Hanson came up with a nice to save to seal the tie. After Lambuth out shot the Lady Eagles 4-2 in the first half, Ozarks came out in the second half and collected 5 shots while holding the visitors to 4. Ozarks’ strong second half nearly had the Lady Eagles put the first goal on the board. At the midway point, Hanson was unable to clear an Ozarks corner kick, but a follow-up shot by the Lady Eagles bounced off the post to the keep the match tied at 0-0. Ozarks goalkeeper Olivia Fisher recorded nine saves in the match, including a nice first half save in which she deflected a rocket shot by Lambuth’s Raena Bryant from 20 yards out. Dryden led Ozarks with 4 shots. Emalee Pearson followed with 3 shots, all of which were shots on goal. The Lady Eagles will host Mid-America Christian University on September 4 at 2:00 p.m.