FORT WAYNE — When Wright State’s Kalee Thompson broke past the IPFW defense and sent a low shot into the net, in the 108th minute of play at Hefner Fields, a collective groan came from the stands.
This was a game the Mastodons could have won.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result tonight,” IPFW coach Margaret Saurin said after the 2-1 double-overtime loss Friday to Wright State. “Going into overtime – sudden death – it’s a wonderful way to win it, but it sucks to lose it. I thought we showed a lot of quality in certain areas, certain times in the game, but just not enough.”
The game, which was the regular-season opener for the Mastodons, was not part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, but it was surrounded by it Friday night.
Even though Wright State had more scoring chances – outshooting IPFW 17-10, including a 9-5 edge in shots on goal – the Mastodons controlled the play.
Hailey Mariotti scored for the Mastodons in the 27th minute, on a shot from the corner of the box to the far post, for a 1-0 lead. Wright State goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy wasn’t bested beyond that, finishing with four saves, while IPFW’s Sam Pavlika had six saves.
Wright State’s Emilie Fillion tied it in the 69th minute of what was a physical game.
IPFW had an excellent chance to win it in the second overtime, when Erin Gill had a free kick from just outside the penalty area, but she blasted it above the net.
“We feel that we have the quality to put that on target and we’re disappointed that it didn’t hit the frame, obviously, and force the keeper to make a save,” said Saurin, who watched as Thompson scored about two minutes later. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons from this game, and we’ll only get better from here on out.”
The Mastodons won’t have much time to sulk about this game; they play Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve got to be able to have players come off the bench and make a difference,” Hutton said. “That will be the key for us, especially on Sunday games, because there will certainly be some tired legs after this evening’s game.”
Terry Stefankiewicz, director of the Soccer Festival, took a couple of hours off to coach his own team – the Trine women – to a 1-0 victory over Anderson in a closely matched game.
Jaime McCarrell had the lone goal, in the second half.
In the Snider Boys Invitational, there was plenty of action, highlighted by a 1-1 draw between Dewitt (Mich.) and Warsaw, the No. 2 team in Class 2A. … Northrop defeated Eaton Rapids (Mich.) 4-1. … North Side defeated New Haven 10-0. … Homestead, ranked 19th in Class 2A, beat Grand Ledge (Mich.) 4-0. … Argos, ranked 14th in Class A, beat Bishop Dwenger 4-3. … Garrett and South Side had a scoreless draw. … The Indiana Fire Academy and Chicago Fire U-18 team tied at 2.