Huskies defeat Upper Iowa in overtime

St. Cloud State women’s soccer (4-1-2, 3-0-2 NSIC) went up against Upper Iowa Peacocks (2-3-2, 1-2-1 NSIC), who are another opponent in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Sunday at Husky Stadium.

It was the Huskies’ second game in row. They were coming off a huge upset against Winona State Warriors Saturday.

The Peacocks started the game off with the ball. The first half of play was dominated by the Huskies with better ball control and longer possession of the ball. Most of the first half was played on the Peacock’s side of the field.

The Huskies and Peacocks were going back and forth early on in the first half where both teams could not do too much. Suddenly the Huskies started to figure out the Peacocks and created scoring chances.

Huskies’ Naomi Kolhoff was able to dribble around the Peacock defense to get a shot off. But her shot went sailing over the top of goal. It was a great chance that the Huskies just couldn’t capitalize on.

But Kolhoff would get another chance.

Twenty-two minutes into the first half, the Huskies were finally able to score. Naomi Kohloff was able to finish off a beautiful play for the Huskies by finding the back of the net. Kohloff received a pass from teammate Gabby Fleck who was rewarded with the assist.

The Huskies led 1-0.

The Huskies kept the pressure on but then the Peacocks were able to find open space in the 29 minute but Huskies goalkeeper Brittney Plombon came up huge and made a terrific save.

Later on, in the 35 minute, the Peacocks had another great chance by getting the ball deep into the Huskies zone but their shot went over the goal.

With about a minute left to go in the first half, the Peacocks were hoping to score the equalizer but were denied by Plombon who made a tremendous save to keep the Huskies up 1-0.

Huskies led at halftime 1-0.

Huskies started the second half with the ball. The second half saw even play by both teams. The Peacocks played a lot better second half than the first half.

Early on the Huskies kept their pressure like they did for most of the first half. Six minutes into the second half, Huskies’ Sarah Benhart had a great opportunity to score a goal but was denied by the Peacocks’ goalie.

Then the Peacocks went on the offensive attack in the middle part of the first half and really pushed the Huskies back on their heels. The Peacocks kept getting corner kicks but the Huskies defense came with stop after stop.

But, in the 24 minute of the second half, the Peacocks won a corner. The Peacocks’ player who took the corner was able to find the back of the net to score the equalizer. The score was 1-1. It was a great goal that Plombon and the Huskies defense couldn’t do anything about.

Both teams tried to find the game winning goal in regulation but just couldn’t find the offense to score. Defense for both sides were really good in the last part of the second half.

The Huskies had one more shot to win the game. Michelle Cornell took a shot but the Peacocks goalie made the save and the game went into overtime.

The first overtime, both teams had one really good chance to win the game.

The Peacocks’ scoring chance came in at the 7 minute mark of the overtime but Plombon would shut the door and keep the score at 1-1.

The Huskies scoring chance came with 30 seconds left in the first overtime when Maria Kass had the chance to be the hero, but her shot went over the goal.

The game headed to a second overtime.

The Huskies wasted little time in the second half to put the pressure on the Peacock’s defense. In the second minute of the second overtime, Maria Kass would get another chance to win the game and this time she didn’t miss. Kass was able to beat the Peacocks’ goalie to win the game. Kass was able to get a pass from teammate Michelle Cornell. The Huskies won the game 2-1.

With a St. Cloud State win over Upper Iowa, the Huskies completed the weekend with a 2-0 record. The Huskies are off to hot start on the season and continue to play excellent against NSIC teams. Against the NSIC, the Huskies are 3-0-2.

Next up for the Huskies is a road  match up against Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, October 3rd in Marshall.

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