Huntington, Ind. - After their last two matches ended in double overtime ties, the Forester women’s soccer team finally snapped the trend with a critical 3-2 double overtime win over the visiting Pilots of Bethel College Tuesday afternoon.
The Foresters owned possession much of the match, outshooting the Pilots 33-11, but it was Bethel who struck first in the 23rd minute to take a 1-0 advantage. It looked like they would head into intermission with the lead but 90 seconds before halftime Kate Bienz scored her third goal of the season with a rocket from 45 yards out to knot things up at 1-1.
HU’s second goal was a tag team effort that came nine minutes into the second period when Jessie Turnow received the ball on the right side of the field and played a ball to Amy Snider. Snider beat her defender and then found Claire Creasy who one-touched it past the keeper to put HU on top 2-1. It looked like the Foresters would cruise to the win but with three minutes left in regulation, the Pilots capitalized on a PK to tie things up and send the game into overtime.
The Foresters outshot the Pilots 3-0 in the first overtime but couldn’t find the back of the net to send the game into a second extra period. The Foresters finally got the break they were looking for six minutes into the second overtime when Erin Barclay received the ball on the right side of the field, beat a defender and ripped a shot far side netting for the game-winner.
“Karina Maldonado was the key to our win today,” commented Coach Burgher. “She played 110 minutes as hard as she could. When you have a player working that hard, it really shows the rest of the team the standard. The other player that made a huge impact today was Claire Creasy. Her second half of soccer was the best I have seen her play all year. She is one of our captains and she knew a lot was being asked of her today and she stepped up.”
“Our defensive discipline was lacking today and that showed by giving up two PKs. Our number one goal was shutting down Nicole, but we let her get a goal and fouled her in the box for a PK. We really need to refocus defensively. We took a different path than we wanted to today, but we still got the win and at this point in the season that is all that matters.”
Sam Barclay went the distance in goal and was credited with the win. She finished with five saves and stopped Bethel’s first PK attempt.
With this win, the Foresters move to 9-2-3, 3-0-2 in MCC play. They take the field again on Saturday when they travel to Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 2:00 p.m. kick-off.