The Gustavus women’s soccer team improved to 5-1-0 on the season after it won in overtime against Carleton College by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday at the Gustavus Soccer Field. The game marked the beginning of conference play for both teams. Karen Maus scored the game winner for the Gusties with two minutes remaining in overtime. Carleton falls to 1-4-1 on the season.
Gustavus jumped out to a 1-0 lead as the first period was winding down. Becca Hagen scored the opening goal of the game at the 38:35 mark to put the Gusties ahead. The game was very physical on both sides as each team refused to give any easy shots on goal. Gustavus had eight fouls in the game, and the Knights collected one. Carleton scored its lone goal of the game off of a penalty kick with two minutes remaining in the first period. Niki Tomita snuck the ball past Chelsea Bayer on the right side of the net to tie the game before the teams headed in for halftime.
In the second half, the physical play continued but the half ended with the teams still tied at one goal apiece. Carleton held a 14-4 shot advantage as regulation ended, but Gustavus claimed the victory by scoring on the only shot in the extra period. Karen Maus deflected the ball off of the Carleton goalkeeper for the Gustavus game-winner. Chelsea Bayer made eight saves for Gustavus in the winning effort.
The Gusties play next on September 19, at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. at 1:00 p.m.