Sun Belt Conference showdown ends in stalemate against Georgia State

ULM (6-0-1) opened Sun Belt Conference play last Thursday with a tie against Georgia State (6-3-2).

This game on the road was the first game for ULM after losing starter Janet Stopka. Stopka will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken fibula in last week’s match against Troy.  

After not putting up the same impressive numbers they have all season, ULM will have to learn how to restructure their approach without Stopka as they continue conference play.

The Warhawks held the lead for much of the game. But after a rally in the second half and two scoreless overtimes, the match ended at 3-3.

“I thought we went about the game in the absolute right way tonight, and at 3-1 up, we were cruising. That said, two mistakes and a goal we scored that wasn’t given have cost us a big win,” Warhawks head coach Sean Fraser said. 

ULM got on the board first after freshman Lena Göppel scored unassisted in the 11th minute. The Panthers quickly evened the score after cashing in on one of ULM’s 18 penalties in the game.

The game would stay tied until the very end of the first half when the Warhawks’ sharpest player, junior Courtney Marten, scored off an assist from senior Theoni Zerva in the 44th minute. This goal put ULM back in the lead at 2-1.

This season, Marten has scored in every game she played for ULM and is three goals away from breaking the single-season goals record.

The Warhawks would put their lead up to 3-1 in the second half after Zerva scored off an assist from freshman Inge Konst.

That was Zerva’s sixth goal in the season, making her one of ULM’s top scorers.

Georgia State hit a hot streak in the second half, scoring two quick goals in the 76th and 80th minutes to tie the game.

ULM seemed to have lost all momentum after the Panthers scored these goals. GSU outshot the Warhawks 5-0 in the first overtime and 4-1 in the second overtime.

Junior goalie Haley Hillock was able to make a save in the 109th minute to end the game deadlocked at 3-3.

ULM will be back at home this Friday at 7 p.m. against conference opponent Little Rock.