BUIES CREEK — Thanks to Elyssa Nowowieski’s golden goal in the 105th minute, the Campbell women’s soccer team defeated Winthrop on Saturday evening in its final home match of the regular season at Eakes Athletics Complex.
Campbell, unbeaten in its last five, improve to 5-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in Big South play while Winthrop falls to 2-5-1.
“I’m very happy for our seniors to get a win in their last regular season home game and very proud of the team for the win,” head coach Samar Azem said following the match.
The Lady Camels found the back of the net in the second extra time period as Cazzi Norgren’s corner found Emily Kaestner in the box. Kaestner headed it down to Nowowieski, who fired the game-winning shot past the Winthrop.
Campbell’s offense was aggressive from the beginning of the match, firing off 27 shots with seven on target in regulation against a resilient Winthrop defense.
Laney Peabody provided one of the best chances of the night for the Lady Camels in the 25th minute, as her header from a corner hit the Winthrop post. Ashleigh Harris provided another great look in the 39th minute as her bicycle kick went wide.
The Lady Eagles put two shots on goal throughout the match as their best scoring opportunities came in the 64th and 66th minutes on a header and shot from Megan Loveland.
Campbell ended the match out-shooting Winthrop 32-3, putting nine shots on goal. The Lady Camels also earned 17 corners to the Lady Eagles’ three.
“Tonight’s match was a battle, we went away from some things we’ve done well but got our momentum back and took control of the latter part of the second half and overtime periods,” Azem later said. “That’s big and that’s a huge growing step for a young team.”
Stephanie Martelli picked up a second straight shutout as the Lady Camels’ backline limited Winthrop to two shots on goal.
“We did fantastic to get the shutout as Steph (Martelli) came up with a big save to secure the shutout. I’m very happy and proud of her and her growth,” Azem said.
Campbell heads to Charleston Southern on Thursday to wrap up the 2020-21 regular season.