Winthrop women's soccer team lost 2-1 in double overtime to Radford in a sluggish match Wednesday on Eagle Field.
The loss marked the final regular-season game for the Eagles, who dropped to 8-9-2 overall and finished 3-4-2 in the Big South.
Next up for Winthrop is the BSC tournament to be held Nov. 6-9 in High Point, N.C. The seeding for the tournament will be decided Sunday after all teams have concluded the regular season.
Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute off a corner kick. Radford tied the game in the 83rd minute and won it 43 seconds into the second overtime period.
This was not the way Winthrop coach Melissa Heinz had hoped to finish.
"You know, I thought it was subdued the whole game, on both sides," Heinz said. We kind of pinged the ball around. We didn't play with any grit, no intensity to put the ball into the back of the net."
The first half was especially slow. Radford led in shots, 4-2, through the first 45 minutes. Each team had two shots on goal. Winthrop held a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks.
"At halftime, I told them to find the fire," Heinz said.
And they did, for a while.
Winthrop's Rachel Webster scored her first career goal to put the Eagles in front 1-0 with a header off a corner kick. Senior Erin Foote took the corner kick and placed the ball over the head of Radford goalkeeper Lisa Lubke to the far post for Webster.
Foote took the team lead in points with nine with the assist. She is the school's all-time leader in assists.
The play was scripted during practice Wednesday morning. The players needed an early workout that wouldn't interfere with class schedules. So at 7:30 a.m., the team was on the field with temperatures in the 30s. Heinz had her players repeatedly working on corner kicks.
A 1-0 win would have made for an ideal final home game for Winthrop's five seniors; Foote, goalkeeper Dimi Poulos, forward Chelsea White and defenders Kathleen Pollard and Kristen Lee.
But the Highlanders responded. McKenzie Vergara scored the first of her two goals on the night to tie the game at 1.
Radford's Jill Boyer crossed a ball into the box. Poulos made a diving attempt, but the ball deflected off her hands. Vergara collected the carom, and her shot went into the top of the open net for the goal.
Both teams had an opportunity to win the game late in regulation.
Winthrop's chance came in the 88th minute. Defender Stevie Lucas placed a perfect ball into the 18-yard box right at the feet of Foote, but her shot sailed over the top post. It is one she'd like to have back.
"Without a doubt," she said. "I saw the keeper come out. I just wanted to chip it over her head to the far post. I hit it too close to the near post and over the net."
With 25 seconds left, Radford freshman Ashley Johnson found herself all alone in the box. She ripped a shot that Poulos saved by sacrificing her body to deflect it away.
In the second overtime, Radford went right to work. Latrice Lee made a pass behind a Winthrop defender to Vergara. The senior wasted no time firing the winner over Poulos.