LACEY, WA––(SMUSaints.com) The Saint Martin’s University women’s soccer team used a comeback to tie the game against Western Oregon and send it into overtime. SMU scored the game-winning goal just 49 seconds into the extra period by Kelli Bannerman to give the Saints the 4-3 win Thursday afternoon at the SMU Soccer Field.
In other Thursday night soccer action, the SMU Men fell 2-1 in overtime to Concordia. The Washington Husky Men fell 1-0 at home to Stanford. The Husky Women lost 3-2 to Arizona State. Seattle Pacific Women drew 1-1 with Concordia. Western Washington Women beat MSUB 3-0. Seattle Pacific Men drew 1-1 with Western Washington. Seattle University Men won 2-1 at San Jose State.
WOU was the first to get on the scoreboard in the first half and went into the half with a 1-0 lead. With 4:14 into the second half, SMU tied the game and goals went back-and-forth to tie at two. The Wolves took the 3-2 lead at 81:35 but just 7:16 later, Joslin Lindsay passed the ball to Hannah Frakes, who touched a pass to Bannerman in the front on the net. She turned to her right and kicked the ball into the back of the net to send the game into overtime.
With 49 seconds into overtime, Kylee Sarchett passed the ball to Bannerman, who nailed it over the goalkeepers head and into the back of the net for the win.
SMU moves to 2-8-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference picking up its first GNAC win. WOU falls to 4-7-0 overall and 1-5-0 in conference play.
WOU was the first to get on the scoreboard at 12:46 by Taylor Higa as she dribbled down the field and took the kick to the lower right corner. The Wolves had the 1-0 lead headed into the half but just 4:14 into the second half, Camryn Althauser took the corner to the middle of the goal and it connected with Hannah Frakes, who headed the ball into the back of the net to tie the game.
Western Oregon retook the lead at 67:56 by Higa, who scored her sixth goal this season, but SMU was right there at 73:26 by Joslin Lindsay. Kylee Sarchett passed the ball over to the far post and Lindsay headed the ball into the back of the net. That was Lindsay first goal in her career at SMU.
With the score tied at two, the Wolves retook the lead again at 81:35 by Phoebe Hendry off of a corner kick by Higa. But again SMU came right back and scored a goal at 88:51 as Lindsay passed the ball to Frakes, who passed the ball up to Bannerman, as she made the right turn and kicked the ball into the back of the net to tie the game.
With the game being tied after 90 minutes, SMU came out and 49 seconds into overtime, Sarchett passed the ball to Bannerman, who from 15-yards out kicked the ball into the back of the net and over the goalkeepers head for the win.
Ali Koehler was back in the net for SMU and picked up the win. Caitlyn Kastelic was in the net for Western Oregon.
Western Oregon recorded six shots for the game with four on goal. SMU had six shots for the game with four on goal. All four shots on goal were goals.
“Sometimes it’s funny how the game works,” said Director of Soccer Rob Walker. “We felt our first half didn’t really meet our standards. The players had a good discussion at half time and we could see their ownership of all the simple and complex pieces of the game come together in the second half. It was gratifying to see us come back after each WOU score and put it all together and equalize and then to win in overtime. It was a great feeling for the players and we think they solved the issues in the game really well.”
Saint Martin’s is back in action on Saturday in Portland, Ore., at Concordia at 6 p.m. The Saints will be back at the SMU Soccer Field on Tuesday at 2 p.m. against Simon Fraser.