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WOMEN'S SOCCER
Record: 0-17 Home: 0-8 Away: 0-9 HAAC: 0-11
 
Women's Soccer - Tue, Oct. 3, 2017
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VS
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Avila
Evangel University
Darian Malone (middle) netted her first career goal Tuesday at Evangel. (Photo Credit: Talal Alaseeri)
Darian Malone (middle) netted her first career goal Tuesday at Evangel. (Photo Credit: Talal Alaseeri)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Eagles got a pair of late goals to cut a three goal deficit to one at Evangel on Tuesday afternoon, but they were unable to complete the comeback as the Crusaders netted a dagger in the final minute to escape with a 5-3 victory.

Trailing 4-1 with twenty-five minutes to play, the Eagles (0-12, 0-6) got goals from Darian Malone and Allison Snapp in the 65th and 76th minute to make it a 4-3 score with fourteen minutes to play at Coryell Field in Springfield, Mo. The Eagles would get five more chances at the net in the final minutes, but were unable to score the equalizer before Evangel (6-5-1, 2-4) iced the match with a goal in the 89th minute by Maya Davidson.

The three goals for the Eagles are the most they have scored in a match this season, and their first goal, scored by senior Stephanie Lewis, gave the Eagles their first lead at any point in a match this season. Lewis put the Eagles on top 1-0 with a strike in the ninth minute, ending a long scoreless drought for this young team.

Lewis's goal would be answered by Evangel's Ashley Ard in the 19th minute to tie the score at one apiece, and then the Crusaders took their first lead with a goal by Amber Ellis in the 42nd minute, putting the Eagles at a one goal disadvantage just before the break.

The Crusaders would net two more goals in the second half to build a 4-1 lead over the Avila after 63 minutes, but Darian Malone's first career goal in the 65th minute made it a 4-2 score, and then Snapp made things interesting by finding the net to make it a 4-3 score with fourteen minutes to play.

The Eagles went on the attack over the final stretch, getting good looks from Alexis Sanchez, Kayla Young and Lewis. Sanchez took a pair of shots while Lewis and Young each got one off, but all four shots were turned away by Evangel as they preserved their 4-3 advantage.

Avila took a season-high 16 shots in Tuesday's match at Evangel, while the Crusaders finished with a season-best 31 attempts.

Avila will return to action this Saturday when they host the William Penn Statesmen at The Z at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. While Saturday is not the final home match of the season, it is the final home Saturday match, so Avila will celebrate their seniors on a day in which will be more convenient for family members and loved ones to attend.

BOX SCORE: Avila at Evangel