Beavers top Augustana in overtime
The Minot State University women’s soccer team was due for some luck.
The Beavers, who lost on a few late goals earlier in the season, finally came out on the opposite side of a game-winning tally Friday night.
MSU junior forward Zoe Fisher scored 3 minutes, 31 seconds into overtime after a misplay by Augustana goalkeeper Ashley Limmer, giving the Beavers a 2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win at Herb Parker Stadium.
Fisher sprinted past the Vikings back line and was in perfect position when Limmer botched an attempt to haul in a long ball. Limmer dropped the ball right in front of Fisher, who took a step away from the goalie and buried a left-footed shot into an empty net.
“I think it’s definitely a new boost for the girls,” Fisher said. “Going into overtime, we keep losing. It’s one of those things that we have to break through and keep our heads up and stay positive. We got the win today, so I’m happy.”
The first goal of the match also came after a hustle play from Fisher. In the seventh minute of the second half, Fisher tracked down a ball on Augustana’s end line just before it went out of bounds.
Fisher played the ball back into the box, forcing a tough clearance from the defense. MSU sophomore midfielder Emilie Rebelo intercepted the ball and blasted a 25-yard shot into the top of the frame for her first goal of the season.
“Both goals, their team stopped running (and) Zoe kept running,” MSU coach Jason Spain said. “That’s a lesson right there: Don’t stop running. You’ve gotta keep playing until the ball is secure.”
Augustana coach Brandon Barkus refused to comment.
With the win, MSU (4-6-2 overall, 4-5-1 NSIC) moved into sole possession of eighth place in the conference with five regular-season matches remaining. The top eight teams qualify for the NSIC tournament.
During a loud speech after a scoreless first half, Spain told his team to stay aggressive.
“We are playing for three (points),” Spain said he told his team. “We’re not playing for overtime, we’re not playing for a tie. We need a win.”
With 16:40 remaining in regulation, Augustana (8-5, 6-4) tied the match on a goal from senior Maren Werth. Werth settled a cross inside the box and finished across the net in the lower left corner.
MSU sophomore goalkeeper Jimi Guibor, who is 2-0 since taking the starting job, finished with seven saves.
“She’s been solid,” Spain said. “We’ve gotta get her to cut angles a little more. Both goals have stretched away from her. But her hands – she hasn’t dropped anything.”
Limmer finished with six saves for the Vikings.
MSU hosts Wayne State (1-11-1, 1-8-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Daniel Allar covers Minot State University athletics. Follow him on Twitter @DAllar_MDN.