SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior defender Lexi Deol'sgoal in the 108th minute of action lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-2-0) to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the University of Minnesota (1-2-0) Friday evening in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.
With time winding down to just 1:26 remaining in the second overtime period, the Toreros looked to one of their senior leaders, and she delivered. Freshman defender Meggie Gulzynski took a corner kick for the Toreros, and bowed the ball into a crowded goal box. The ball bounced around a crowded goal box for a bit before Deol got her head on it and was able to get it into the back of the net to give USD a 3-2 victory.
The Golden Gophers were able to put the Toreros into a hole the first half, as they managed to tally a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead. The Minnesota goals came on a Taylor Uhl one-timer off a cross from Steph Brant in the eighth minute of action. The final goal came in the 19th minute of action, when Steph Brant re-directed a ball off a USD defender, give the Toreros a two-goal deficit heading into halftime.
The Toreros then gathered themselves at halftime, as head coach Ada Greenwoodmade several key adjustments, and the Toreros were a completely different team in the second frame. After only taking one shot in the first half, the Toreros then put up five in the second half.
The Toreros' sophomore midfielder Olivia Schultz was taken down inside the goal box, which set up a penalty kick situation. Sophomore defender Meghan O'Rourketook the penalty shot and easily put the ball into the back of the net in the 50th minute of action to cut the lead in half.
Then in the 84th minute of play, Kelley McCloskey took a corner kick for the Toreros, and skied the ball into a crowded goal box. Senior defender Dani Russellthen rose above all other players and headed the ball into the back of the net to even the score at 2-2, forcing the extra periods.
USD was outshot 20-15, however, USD did manage to put seven of their 15 shots on frame. The Toreros were out cornered 11-5.
USD's Michelle Craftpicked up the in win goal for the Toreros, as she allowed no goals and recorded one save. Her counterpart, Cat Parkhill, was saddled with the loss in goal for the Golden Gophers as she allowed three goals and recorded four saves.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday at 1 p.m. as they play Washington State University in a 1 p.m. non-conference match at the USC Invitational in Los Angeles.
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