Wheaton Thunder women defeat Augustana 3-2 in two overtimes
Rock Island, Ill. – The Wheaton College women's soccer team kept its unbeaten streak in tact on Thursday, earning a dramatic 3-2 win in two overtimes at CCIW rival Augustana (10-5-1/3-1-0). Junior Val Lelle scored the game-winning goal with just 3:27 remaining in the second overtime period when she put the ball in the back of the net off of a Keri Shannon assist to win the match. Wheaton is now 15-0-1 on the season with a 4-0-0 record in CCIW play.
Augustana took an early 1-0 lead in tonight's match as the Vikings' Bridget Shrigley scored to give the hosts a quick lead. A little more than four minutes later, Wheaton senior Jaime Orewiler tied the match at 1-1 when she converted a penalty kick to score her eighth goal of the season. The two teams remained knotted at 1-1 for the rest of the first half.
Augustana opened the second half scoring as quickly as it opened the first half when the Vikings' Taylor Moesle put her team up 2-1 with a goal just 2 minutes and 20 seconds after the conclusion of the halftime intermission. Moesle's goal at the 47:20 mark was assisted by Shrigley. Augustana was awarded a penalty kick 52:33 into the match and Moesle's PK shot was stopped by Thunder netminder Hilary Barreto; who prevented the Vikings from taking a 3-1 lead. Barreto's save proved crucial, as Wheaton's Laura Karsten booted in the game-tying goal (86:35) to lock the score up at 2-2 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
Wheaton out-shot the Vikings 5-2 in the first overtime. The Thunder also out-shot Augustana in the second overtime with a 6-0 edge as Lelle's game-winning goal was the final shot of the game.