Women’s soccer scores in double overtime to steal win
Not even the weather could stop the No. 9 Washington University women’s soccer team.
The Red and Green withstood the storm, the early advances of the Loras College Duhawks and the clock to steal a 1-0 win in double overtime.
Senior Emily Gosché scored with 2:30 left in the second overtime of the game off a wild free kick that found its way into the back of the net. It was the fourth goal of her career and her first in her last 26 games.
Gosché said she tried to hit it to the far post and float it over the goalkeeper. The goalie adjusted to the ball and got a hand on it, but she deflected the ball off the crossbar and into the net.
“It was exciting. I had been practicing free kicks from that spot for a little bit,” Gosché said. “The game was a team effort; we work so hard together. I don’t get that opportunity to take that shot unless our forwards get that foul and are pressing hard on the ball.”
The game was delayed one hour due to a severe storm that bombarded Francis Field with heavy rain and hail. The rain continued throughout the entire match.
The conditions were hazardous at the early stages of the game, but the new turf on the field withstood the torrential downpours. That said, the ball was skipping all over the place.
“I think that [the weather] made [the game] a little more sloppy and that normally, we will assist the ball as we receive it, but I thought in general the team battled through it pretty well,” Gosché said. “We had a game last week where we played through a bit of rain, too.”
Loras started fast, outshooting the Bears 8-4 in the first half. However, Wash. U., which had not scored in the first half all season, came out of the halftime break with a fervor, releasing 13 shots in the second half. Sophomore Anna Zambricki and junior Lauren Steimle had three shots on goal each.
“I thought Loras played a very good game, and I thought they had us on our heels at many times, but it was a good battle back and forth,” said head coach Jim Conlon, who played men’s soccer for the Duhawks from 1994-97 and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loras. “We ended up getting a few more chances than them in the second half, but if a ball bounced a foot either way, they could have gotten it a couple times.
“I think if you look at the trend of the game of soccer, more goals are scored in the second half. Hopefully, we can continue to get those shutouts and give us a chance.”
Wash. U. had a pair of chances early on in the first overtime period but failed to capitalize. Early in the second overtime, sophomore Lillie Toaspern turned and crossed a dangerous ball to Zambricki, but her header missed the frame by inches.
Senior goalkeeper Clara Jaques picked up the win, moving into a tie for fifth place all-time with her 20th career shutout. Jaques recorded two saves in the game, including a crucial save on a one-on-one opportunity for Loras in the 60th minute.
“Jaques is awesome. She is doing a great job for us [and] had a huge save on that breakaway,” Conlon said, referring to a one-on-one save in the 60th minute by Jaques. “She is one of the ones keeping us in on shutout ball.”
Junior Kate Doyle, who ordinarily takes free kicks, was injured late in the second half in a bloody incident off a corner kick. Doyle was positioning herself to redirect the kick with her head but appeared to get hit in the nose by senior teammate Lauren Clatch. She later returned to action during overtime.
Kurt Rohrbeck contributed to this report.