MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. — Just when it appeared as if the University of Rio Grande was ready to give away a win, the RedStorm received an unexpected gift which allowed them to emerge victorious after all.
An own goal against West Virginia University-Tech with just over three minutes remaining in overtime gave Rio a 3-2 triumph in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer action, Monday afternoon, at Milligan College’s Anglin Field.
The RedStorm, who won for the second straight time, improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.
The Golden Bears, who were making their KIAC debut, slipped to 1-1 overall.
Senior Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH) sent a crossing pass toward the goal, but the ball deflected off of Tech’s Alex Blumer and past goal keeper Martha Reyna for the game-winner with 3:21 left in the extra session.
Rio Grande appeared to have the victory well in hand in regulation time when sophomore Cassidy Young (Okeana, OH) headed in a corner kick by Crow (Chillicothe, OH) with 11:34 left to give head coach Callum Morris’ squad a 2-0 lead.
WVU-Tech answered, though, roaring to life with a pair of goals in a span of 3:54 to tie the game.
Brianna Enger got the Bears on the board when she found the back of the net off of a crossing pass by teammate Alexis Howell with 6:01 remaining and Olivia Manthobang scored the equalizer with 2:07 left to play thanks to an entry pass from Shelby Swiney.
Neither team managed a shot in the overtime period before the deflection which produced the match’s final marker.
Sophomore Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH) recorded five saves in goal for Rio, which outshot the Golden Bears, 11-10.
Reyna stopped three shots in a losing cause for Tech.
Rio Grande returns to action on Sunday at Davenport (Mich.) University. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.
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