R-Women win roller coaster thriller 3-2
Siemens's overtime header erases second half defensive break down
The Riverwomen soccer team has had its ups and downs this season, but like the wind, the Riverwomen were able to change directions and are headed in the right direction.
UM-St. Louis played host to Quincy University in a very aggressive and emotional game.
The Riverwomen were outplayed in the first half, in large part due to the wind factor in favor of Quincy.
One of the lone scoring chances came by Carrie Marino in the first half, but the shot sailed over the cross-bar.
Still in the first half, Marino made a nice cross to Sarah Kalish who pounced on the opportunity and scored on a headball.
At halftime, the Riverwomen led 1-0.
Quincy came out strong in the second half as they scored to even the contest only three minutes into the half.
The Riverwomen, although giving up the goal, remained patient and dominated the play from there on out.
UM-St. Louis finally got an opportunity and scored with 15:54 left in the game on a goal by Cory Chik.
But Quincy persisted and scored with 1:01 left in the game to send the match into overtime.
Maintaining a lead has been a recent problem for the Riverwomen, and the answer is simply said, but not simply done.
"In the first half, we almost gave up a goal towards the end of the half," Head Coach Beth Goetz said. "They definitely lacked a focus and the concentration. We don't want to score a goal leading 2-1. We are fighting the clock more than we are the opponents at that point."
In overtime, the Riverwomen finally put the game away for good as Lindsey Siemens scored the game-winner with 5:07 left in overtime.
"A win is a win," Goetz said. "To be honest, we just needed a conference win. We made a lot of unforced errors. They are really working hard and I think they are just about to click. We are not going to know why it was today or even yesterday, but we know it is going to happen."