Second half rally earns Ole women's soccer team 2-2 draw against St. Ben's
October 1, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- After trailing 2-0 at halftime, the St. Olaf women's soccer team scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-2 tie against St. Ben's Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
The Oles went behind 1-0 early, as the Blazers scored just two and a half minutes into the game. Olivia Wee scored her first goal of the year, as she fired a shot from outside the box to the top right corner. The goal was assisted by Heather Beshears.
A few minutes before halftime, the Blazers doubled their lead through Colleen Bouchard. Bouchard's long distance shot beat St. Olaf goalie Nora Forbes as it flew into the top left corner.
After being outplayed for the first half, the Oles got back into the game almost immediately after halftime. Catie Christoffel scored her fifth goal of the year only 38 seconds into the second half. Christoffel's goal came on a counter-attack when Taylor Kuramoto found Amanda Leone, who crossed for Christoffel to head home.
After the goal, St. Olaf continued to pressure St. Ben's and eventually was rewarded with the tying goal at 73:29. Lindsay Howard headed in Susie Jelinek's corner kick for her seventh goal of the fall to force overtime.
Neither team could earn the win in the extra sessions. Deanne Schmidt had a chance with 50 seconds remaining in the second period to score the game-winning goal but her shot missed high.
For the game, the Oles outshot the Blazers 17-12 but St. Ben's got seven on target to St. Olaf's six. Forbes made five saves for the Oles and Blazers goalie Megan Favorite made four.
The draw extends St. Olaf's unbeaten record to ten games (8-0-2, 4-0-1 MIAC). The Blazers are now 4-4-1 and 3-1-1 in MIAC play.
The Oles travel to Wartburg on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.