COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Brittney Lyman’s 22nd career goal was the biggest of her life as she struck for the game-winner with 1:54 remaining in the second overtime to give Colorado College a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against No. 16 UCF on Friday. The game was moved to the Washburn Field turf after lightning caused a 30-minute delay to the scheduled start.
“That was definitely worth the wait,” Lyman said. “It was our second-to-last home game, so I didn’t want to let anything slip away. It was our first win in overtime this year, so it felt really great.”
The senior forward took a perfect cross from junior defender Kecia Morway, and calmly slid a shot from the right side of the box inside the far post for her first deciding tally of the season and the third of her career. The assist was Morway’s first point as a Tiger.
With 55 career points, Lyman climbed into sole possession of 10th place on the program’s all-time list, surpassing Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Tara Nott’s total of 54. It marked the second time her career that Lyman has notched the game-winning goal under the lights at Washburn Field. In the 2009 season finale, she set a program record by scoring five times in a 5-2 victory against UTEP.
“I can’t remember a bigger one, but I can remember a big five,” Lyman said. “When we found out we were going to be playing on the turf, I didn’t mind because this is a lucky place to play and I was hoping I could get another goal in a big game.”
Sophomore midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis ignited the comeback in the 66th minute when she re-directed a pass from senior midfielder Hannah Peterson inside the right post to tie the match.
The Knights took the early lead when Jennifer Martin put a curving shot into the right side of the net after freshman midfielder Sophie Howard slid a pass across the box from the right side.
CC finished with a 14-11edge in total shots and a 7-3 advantage on target. The Tigers improved to 9-3-4 overall and 4-2-1 in Conference USA. The Knights slipped to 10-4-1 overall and 4-3-0 in league play.