Women's Soccer Team Takes 3-2 Overtime Thriller From Southern Miss
Oct. 19, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory over Southern Miss Sunday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Junior Yuiko Konno had a pair of goals including the game-winner in overtime and Mary Shelton added her first goal of the season as the Lady Tigers (5-7-3, 2-4-1 C-USA) beat Southern Miss (8-6-2, 1-6-1 C-USA) for the second straight year.
"We didn't play our best and we have been in games like this all year, but today we found a way to win," Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "This weekend has been a step in the right direction for our team."
Both teams scored a pair of goals in the second half as regulation ended in a 2-2 tie. The Golden Eagles scored the equalizer with just 15 seconds remaining in the match when Kay Beth Costilow finished a corner kick from Kim Turner.
The Lady Tigers rallied to take a 2-1 lead after falling behind on a goal by Turner in the 62nd minute. Konno tied the match on an assist from Susannah Dawells. Konno finished the shot inside the left post past a diving Anna Snyder.
Memphis took its first lead when Shelton lofted a free kick over Snyder just below the cross bar from 30 yards out. It was Shelton's first goal of the season and appeared to be the game winner, but Southern Miss forged a late rally of their own.
Memphis goalkeeper Kari Rawe had flicked the potential game-tying goal just over the cross bar to preserve the 2-1 lead, but the impending corner kick tied the match for the Golden Eagles as Costilow netted her third goal of the season.
The Lady Tigers kept possession of the ball for most of the overtime period and finally capitalized when DaWells sent a free kick from just outside the penalty box off the cross bar. Konno reacted quickly to head the rebound past Snyder for the game-winning goal. It was Konno's team-leading 10th goal of the season and third game-winner.
Each team had chances to score in the opening half, but both goalkeepers came up with big saves. Snyder made a diving save on a penalty kick by Konno in the 10th minute. Rawe came up with five saves in the first half including snuffing a breakaway chance by Sarah Brennan late in the half after the Golden Eagle forward stole the ball from the Lady Tigers' defense. Rawe finished with the match six saves while Snyder had two.
The Lady Tigers outshot the Golden Eagles 15-14 including a 3-0 advantage in overtime. Memphis has won four of its last five matches and won two straight in league play. USM held an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Memphis returns to action with a home match Friday against South Florida at the MRSC with kickoff set for 7 p.m.