WPU Gives Up Big Lead to AIB
Oskaloosa–The Statesmen women’s soccer team owned the first half, but could not hold its large advantage in a 4-3, double-overtime loss to AIB in Midwest Collegiate Conference action Tuesday.
William Penn (5-8, 0-3 MCC), which was outshot 20-19, scored three times before intermission, but witnessed an Eagle rally that included three second-half goals and the game-winner midway through the second overtime.
Alyce Correia (Fr., Perth, Australia, Elementary Education) got the day’s scoring underway in the ninth minute off a pass from Jaymie Padilla (Jr., Mesa, Ariz., Physical Education). The assist was Padilla’s first of 2013.
Kami Paulsen (Jr., Bondurant, Iowa, Communications) doubled the advantage at the 24:11 mark with the assist credited to Emmanuela Meneide (Sr., Turks and Caicos, Biology). It was Paulsen’s third goal of the fall and Meneide’s first assist.
The first half, which featured WPU holding an 11-2 edge in shots, was capped with a Brenay Fonseca (Jr., San Bernardino, Calif., Physical Education) goal at 42:22. Correia assisted on the score and now has seven goals and three assists on the year.
Unfortunately, AIB (8-5, 2-1 MCC) found its offensive groove after halftime with goals in the 54th, 72nd, and 83rd minute. The visitors were able to force overtime, but neither team found the back of the net in the first extra period. It was not until the midway point of the fourth stanza (104:06 of the game to be exact) that the Eagles concluded their rally with the game-winner.
Kayla Benoit (Fr., St. Louis, Mo., Business Management) posted six saves against two goals in over 91 minutes between the pipes.
“The whole team is gutted with this loss,” Head Coach Willie McGowan said. “We know we had a great opportunity to get our first win in conference play and let it slip through our fingers.”
“In the end, we played hard as a team but made simple errors at key times to allow AIB to come back,” McGowan added. “As a coach, I learned a few things about myself and I hope I can learn from my mistakes as much as our players can from theirs. There are not too many words to describe the disappointment we feel; we will have to step back, evaluate, and then prepare for the next game.”
Next: William Penn travels to Davenport Saturday to face St. Ambrose in MCC play at 1 p.m.