KENNESAW, Ga. – Redshirt-freshman Katrina Frost blasted a ball with her right foot past West Florida goalkeeper Lauren Byrd in the 59th minute to tie the score as the Kennesaw State women’s soccer team played West Florida to a 1-1 tie at KSU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
With the tie the Owls finish up non-conference play with a 4-3-1 record, while the Argonauts move to 2-2-2 for the season.
West Florida struck first in the 21st minute as sophomore midfielder Cori McCullough scored her first goal of the season. KSU goalkeeper Melissa Hutto made a save off a hard shot but she couldn’t control the rebound as it went to the feet of McCullough who gave the Argonauts a 1-0 lead.
Kennesaw State couldn’t get much going offensively in the first half managing only five shots as it went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
The beginning of the second half was a different story as the Owls seemed to have more energy as they were flying all over the field putting constant pressure on the West Florida defense.
The Black and Gold finally broke through in the 59th minute as Frost scored her Atlantic Sun Conference leading eighth goal of the season. The Fayetteville, Ga. native had possession of the ball in the box, but had a UWF defender all over her. She spun around quickly and hit a perfect shot into the top-left corner of the goal from 15 yards out to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams settled in after that leading to Kennesaw State’s first overtime game of the season. The Owls outshot the Argonauts 3-1 in the two overtime periods, but couldn’t score as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.
“I was pleased with our performance in the second half and in the two overtime periods,” head coach Rob King said. “We started slowly today and we can’t afford to do that especially against an excellent Division II team in West Florida. We ended up hitting the crossbar a couple time so on a different day it could have been a more comfortable result. We will work on out finishing in practice this week as we get ready for Belmont on Friday.”
Hutto made six saves for the match, while Frost led all players in shots with seven.
Kennesaw State will now enter A-Sun play as it hosts Belmont for its conference opener on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.