Rolph's goal in overtime gives Metro State 2-1 win against Midwestern State
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Abby Rolph scored with 3:03 left in the first overtime period to give Metro State a 2-1 win against Midwestern State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The Roadrunners, seeded fifth in the South Central Region, improved to 13-4-3, while the Mustangs, seeded fourth, fell to 13-5-3.
Metro State will play at top-seed and second-ranked Colorado Mines on Sunday.
Midwestern State took the lead just 2:59 into the game as Ashley Cottrell scored from inside the box.
The momentum quickly shifted toward the Roadrunners as they dominated most of the first half, holding a 15-3 shot advantage. They finally found the net at 41:43 when Noemy Polanco headed Marie Ipock's cross from the right side past the goalkeeper to the far post.
The second half was much more even and MWSU held an 8-3 shot advantage as two of Metro State's starting defenders sat with injuries.
Rolph scored with four minutes left in overtime on a breakaway, but her goal was called back for offsides. She responded less than a minute later at 96:57, tapping in Nicole Pollack's centering pass from the left corner of the box near the endline. Karisa Price also assisted on the play.
Roadrunners goalkeeper Karisa Fernandez made four saves.