Women’s Soccer Beats Bethel in Double Overtime

Posted on October 23rd, 2021 by


SAINT PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team had multiple scoring chances in Saturday’s MIAC match against Bethel and finally came through in the 106th minute as Lillian Selberg (Fy., Minneapolis) scored the golden goal in a 1-0 double overtime victory. The Gusties improve to 8-8 overall and 5-4 in the MIAC, while the Royals drop to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the league.

The Gusties outshot the Royals 12-5 in the first half. Bethel responded with a stronger attack in the second half, outshooting the Gusties 10-7, but both goalkeepers stood strong and the match went scoreless into overtime. The first overtime period saw the Gusties with a 3-2 advantage in shots, but still no scoring.

Selberg’s game-winner came unassisted at the 105:18 mark of the contest, her second game-winning goal of the season. Leah Pavlish (Sr., Prior Lake) earned the shutout win in goal after making a career-high 12 saves.

“Incredible game today, we started out very strong and were creative in our attack,” Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie said. “We created numerous dangerous opportunities and were so close to hitting the back of the net. We felt we were close and went into the second half with confidence. It was a back and forth second half with our team and Leah Pavlish coming up with some crucial tackles and saves.
“The support and cheering from our bench was the deciding factor today. It helped us maintain our confidence and continue to fight until the end. With two first-years coming up big to combine for the game-winning goal in double OT. What an incredible team win, we are so proud of this program.”
Gustavus next travels to Hamline on Wednesday afternoon.

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