The Murray State women’s soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end Friday, as SIUE’s Peyton Roehnelt scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Cougar’s a 2-1 win in the semifinals of the 2016 OVC Women’s Soccer Championship at Cutchin Field in Murray, Kentucky.
In the first half, neither team was able to get much going offensively, as MSU had just three shots and SIUE had only two with no goals by either team through the first 45 minutes. In the second half, Emily Grahl and Caroline Hoefert put Sydney Moore in a position to beat Murray State goalkeeper Alex Steigerwald and give her team the 1-0 advantage a little over 11 minutes into the half.
Down 1-0, the Racers buckled down after the goal, allowing Taylor Richerson to launch a ball into the box that was redirected by Harriet Withers to tie the game at one in the 65th minute. From there, there were plenty of close calls but no goals, as the game went into overtime.
With a second overtime period looming, the Cougars came up with ball after a scrum with only 20 seconds left and Hoefert eventually found Roehnelt for the game winner. SIUE outshot Murray State, 5-1, in the extra period and 13-8 on the day. Steigerwald ended the day with five saves, while SIUE’s Juli Rossi had four. The win propels the Cougars to Sunday’s OVC title game where they will meet Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. at Cutchin Field.
The Racers will end 2016 at 8-5-4 overall and as the 2016 OVC regular season champions. With a 7-0-3 league record this season, MSU has now not lost a regular season conference tilt in over two years.
by Parker Griffith