Senior Jordan Foster scored a dramatic golden goal in the 108th minute to lead the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 win at IUPUI on Sunday afternoon at Michael A. Carter Stadium.
EKU (1-2-1) had already face one double-overtime game this season, resulting a in a scoreless draw at Chattanooga on August 20. Foster made sure this time was different. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, the first team All-OVC forward took advantage of an errant clearance and buried a shot from the top of the 18 to ignite the Colonel celebration.
Foster, EKU’s leading scorer last year, has now recorded a goal in two consecutive games. She broke the EKU single-season record with four game-winning goals last season.
It is EKU’s first win in a double-overtime game since Devon Saini scored a golden goal against Miami (Ohio) in 2011.
“Today was a hard-fought win,” head coach Nick Flohre said. “We had spurts of really good play early but lost it as the game went on. We’re still learning who we are as a team and learning how to win, but we took a step in the right direction today.”
The Colonels started the game strong, as freshman Sarah Owusu scored her first collegiate goal in the 25th minute from eight yards out off an assist from sophomore Idalys Rea. Owusu did not play in EKU’s first two games but has already proven to be a dynamic offensive option off the bench. The native of Brampton, Ontario also assisted Foster’s goal at Kentucky on Thursday.
IUPUI (1-3-0), however, responded by scoring two goals over the next 10 minutes to promptly take the lead.
EKU clamped down after that spurt and stayed within striking distance. That strike finally came off the foot of senior Emmi Carroll in the 75th minute. Carroll scored off a free kick – her second free-kick goal of the season – to tie the game and send it into overtime.
“”The players should be proud of how they fought to come back and win in overtime,” Flohre continued. “We are not where we want to be yet but we are back to moving in the right direction.”
EKU dominated the game statistically, firing 21 shots, seven of which were on goal. Foster led all players with seven shots, two of them being on target. Carroll and Owusu tallied four shots apiece, while junior midfielder Bailly Bounds recorded two. The Colonels also had seven corner kicks.
The Colonels will now travel to Cincinnati to take on Xavier next Friday, September 1st. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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