The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's soccer team opened its season Friday, settling for a a 2-2 tie with Johnson & Wales (Fla.) at Fin Land Field in Bluffton.
Freshman Brittany Lorentz scored a goal and assisted on another from junior Steph Moldenhauer, but the Sand Sharks had what they thought was the game-winner wiped off on an offside call in overtime.
USCB (0-0-1) controlled possession and outshot the Wildcats 25-18 overall and 15-10 in shots on frame, but the Sand Sharks twice had to play from behind.
Johnson & Wales (0-0-1) scored just two minutes into the game when Christina Medina sent a long ball in for Allison Radford, who chased it down and placed it in the lower-right corner of the goal for a 1-0 advantage.
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The Sand Sharks answered less than a minute later, with Lorentz making a strong move in the box to create some space and booting a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner to tie it.
The score remained 1-1 until the Wildcats' Deana Garbarino beat USCB's keeper with a one-on-one move for the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute. USCB evened it again in the 72nd minute, when Moldenhauer put away a cross from Lorentz.
The Sand Sharks dominated the extra periods, holding the Wildcats without a shot and taking five shots of their own, but they were unable to convert.
The team's lone senior, Sinèad Byrne, missed a game-winner when her blast sailed just above the crossbar, and freshman Bridgette Noonan sent the Sand Sharks into a premature celebration with a goal that was waved off.
The scoring chances the Sand Sharks produced, particularly in the second half and overtime, hinted at a more dynamic attack than a year ago. USCB controlled play in the midfield and got a strong effort from a back line that starts two freshmen and two sophomores.
Friday's match counted as a non-conference contest between the two Sun Conference squads.
The Sand Sharks are back at home Saturday, hosting West Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.