Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy Metro State Athletics

DENVER, Colo. - Becca Mays scored her second goal of the game with just over four minutes remaining in overtime to give No. 4 Metro State a 2-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Central Region Tournament semifinals on Sunday.  The win advances Metro State to the regional championship game, where it will face No. 21 Colorado Mines at noon on Friday.

The Roadrunners improved to 21-1-1 this season, while the Bulldogs finished the year with a record of 17-3-2.

UMD goalkeeper Hannah Bengtson stopped a point blank shot from Mays just 1:40 into the contest.  Metro State had another scoring chance in the 26th minute as Jen Thomas connected on Courtney Ryan's corner kick in front of the net, but Thomas' shot missed just left of the net.  The Roadrunners held a 6-3 shot advantage in the first half.

Mays had the first good scoring chance of the second half as her header in the 75th minute hit the crossbar off another corner kick from Ryan.

The Bulldogs nearly took a 1-0 lead three minutes later when Reegan Lloyd's free kick from 25 yards away hit the right post. Lauren Graydon scored on the rebound, but UMD was called for offsides on the free kick, negating the goal.

Metro State had three corner kicks in the 80th and 82nd minutes, the final one leading to a save by Bengtson on a header by Ashley Munchiando.

Munchiando had another shot on goal from the close left wing moments before Mays finally struck for her first goal in the 85th minute to put the Roadrunners ahead 1-0. Munchiando's cross was deflected to Thomas, who touched the ball to Mays in front of the net, leaving Mays one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

However, Graydon tied the game less than a minute later as her left-footed shot from the top of the box hooked inside the top-left corner of the net.

The score remained tied as the second half ended, forcing overtime.

Scoring chances were slim early in the overtime period, but Gabby Klipp flipped the ball over two defenders to Mays in the 96th minute, leaving Mays one-on-one with Hannah Bengtson again and Mays was again able to finish to give Metro State the win.

Metro State improved to 4-0-1 in overtime this season after posting a 3-1-3 record in overtime last year.  The last overtime winning goal in the NCAA Tournament for the Roadrunners came from current student assistant coach Jaimie Stephenson when she was a player last season in a 2-1 victory over Regis in the Central Region finals in Allendale, Mich.

Sunday's start time for the game was pushed back one hour to 2 p.m. as Metro State officials had to clear seven inches of snow from the field after a winter storm buried Denver on Saturday night.