MT. VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College freshman Sheena Lehman's second-overtime goal in a downpour lifted the Lady Barons to a 3-2 victory Friday over Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University for Brewton-Parker's first win of the season.
The Lady Barons' victory, their first under coach Jeremy Aven, came after Freed-Hardeman scored two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to force overtime.
However, as the extra time began, so did the rains that were threatening all game.
Then, four minutes into the second OT, Lehman crossed in front of the goal from the left wing and ended the match with a shot in the middle of the goal to extinguish the Lady Lions' comeback bid.
The game-winner was Lehman's second goal of the contest. The Concord product had scored off a breakaway from freshman defender Kelly Phillips of Uvalda early in the second half for a 2-0 Lady Barons lead.
Aven credited Lehman's productivity to her move to the middle from sweeper, where sophomore Megan Smith moved from the defensive midfield.
"That gave us more ability to attack," Aven said. "We had a lot more opportunities to score today."
Lisa Cozzarin, a senior from Guelph, Ontario, scored the match's first goal and Brewton-Parker's first of the season on a penalty kick in the 42nd minute.
"We did a much better job in the second half of marking, which we have been working on the last three games," Aven said. "But late in the game, we were pushing forward way too much."
Freed-Hardeman (0-2-1 after the loss) took advantage by scoring on Liz Thompson's goal in the 78th minute and Leslie Tiensvold's shot four minutes later to knot the score at 2-all.
Brewton-Parker overcame a slight 16-14 deficit in total shots taken, with freshman goalkeeper Michelle McRaven of Bull, Ga., making nine saves for the Lady Barons.
The win came in the second of three matches last week for the Lady Barons, with Brewton-Parker on the short end of a pair of decisive losses in the other two contests.
On Sept. 10, the Lady Barons held nationally ranked Embry-Riddle University to just one first-half goal before the Lady Eagles took command in the second half to post an 8-0 nonconference victory at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Brewton-Parker held Embry-Riddle (1-1), which ranked 26th in the first NAIA national regular-season poll released earlier Tuesday, to just one goal despite the Lady Eagles outshooting the Lady Barons 21-0 in the first 45 minutes.
The score remained such until Embry-Riddle scored the first of its seven second-half goals at the 57-minute mark.
McRaven stopped 16 Embry-Riddle shots on goal, keeping the Lady Eagles off the board even more despite their 48-1 total shot advantage for the match. Lehman had Brewton-Parker's lone shot attempt.
On Saturday, the Lady Barons fell to Auburn University-Montgomery 10-0 in a rain-soaked, Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference match at home.
Aven called for stronger play from his team in the first and last five minutes of each half after AUM (4-1 overall, 1-0 GACC) led 4-0 at intermission.
"Fitness came into play, having to play two days in a row," Aven said. "The first and last five minutes of each half were crucial. Take those away, and it was only 4-0. We have to play from the first whistle until the game is over."
Brewton-Parker (1-6, 0-2) traveled to Rome, Ga., on Tuesday for a GACC match against Shorter College.
The Lady Barons then have consecutive matches Friday and Saturday when they travel to South Carolina to face North Greenville College at 5 p.m. Friday and Newberry College at 2 p.m. Saturday.