Top 10 Roundup
All three games involving top-10 teams go to overtime
No. 1 West Florida 3, No. 13 Columbus State 2, OT
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No. 1 West Florida scored a game-winning goal as the clock expired in the first overtime period to defeat No. 13 Columbus State 3-2 at theClash on the Coast hosted by Armstrong Atlantic.
With the game tied 2-2 and the final seconds of the 99th minute ticking off the clock, freshman Sara Helgadottir sent a pass to fellow freshman Freyja Vidarsdottir at the top of the CSU box. Vidarsdottir shot over the head of the charging Cougar keeper and the ball bounced across the goal line as the clock expired.
West Florida extended its winning streak to 14 dating back to last season and won its fifth consecutive match against a top-25 ranked opponent.
Helgadottir got the scoring started for the Argos when she bent a shot from the far corner just into the net to give UWF a 1-0 lead with 24:51 on the clock. CSU evened the score at the 40:51 mark to send the game into the half tied 1-1. The Cougars would take the lead, 2-1, with 57:50 on the clock, but the Argos came back 12 minutes later. Freshman Korrie Abernathy sent a free kick to senior Chelsea Palmer who flicked a header past the keeper to tie the game 2-2 at the 69:13 mark.
West Florida out-shot CSU 26-12 and took seven corners to the Cougars’ one.
No. 2 Grand Valley State 0, No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 0, 2OT
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No. 2 Grand Valley State held No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic State scoreless for 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime to earn a 0-0 tie in the 2013 season-opener. The Lakers held the Pirates to just four shots on goal, while notching nine themselves.
Neither team had much of a scoring chance in the first half, with only two shots being put on net, but things picked up in the final 45 minutes. After battling a flurry of shots from Armstrong, GVSU tallied five shots in the final 19:07 of regulation. Grand Valley State fired seven shots in the two overtimes and just missed on a pair of scoring opportunities in the closing minutes.
Gabbie Guibord, Autumn Jacobs and Erika Brafield each recorded two shots on goal to lead the Lakers. Marti Corby led GVSU with four total shots.
No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato 1, Truman State 0, OT
MANKATO, Minn. -- Senior Courtney Vallarelli scored the game-winning goal with three minutes left in the first overtime as sixth-ranked Minnesota State collected a 1-0 season-opening victory against Truman State.
With the win, MSU extends its home unbeaten streak to 26 matches and its overall unbeaten streak to 21 matches, both school records that carried over from 2012. Additionally, it was the first career win as a Maverick for head coach Brian Bahl, and the first MSU overtime win since a 3-2 victory against Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 30, 2010.
MSU threatened with a flurry of shots in the half's waning minutes, but were held scoreless thanks in part to a save by TSU junior defender Suzanne Pelley.
The Mavericks finally broke through in the 96th minute. Sophomore Korey Kronforst got loose down the right side and tapped a centering pass to senior Tori Meinhardt who played a ball that Vallarelli buried in the left side for the sudden-death game-winner.
MSU outshot the Bulldogs 19-6 on the afternoon, including a 8-2 advantage in shots on goal. Senior Emily Bozdeck recorded a match-high seven saves for Truman State, while McGough added two of her own in the victory and earned her 26 career shutout.