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Soccer: LWC Women win double OT thriller against Life

By Christopher Webster

Kennesaw, GA - A golden goal by Yudaya Nakayenze in the second overtime period gives the No. 15-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Life (GA) on Tuesday evening.

The win moves Lindsey Wilson to 4-2 overall and an unbeaten 3-0 in Mid-South Conference play, while Life drops to 3-5 and 0-3 in conference action.

Nakayenze scored the winning goal in the 108th minute as she recorded her fourth goal of the season to seal the win for the Blue Raiders.

Lindsey Wilson looked to grab an early lead as a corner kick by Minni Laukka connected with Britt Tonis whose shot went high to keep the match scoreless in the 9th minute. A few moments later it was Life's opportunity to opening the scoring as Mathilde Sletner fired a shot wide left in the 10th minute.

Life's Thora Hreggvidsdottir attempted to give the Running Eagles the go-ahead goal in the 26th on a powerful strike that Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper Maya Caon was able to save to keep the match scoreless. The Blue Raiders were presented a similar chance in the 27th minute as a shot from Emma Lindell was stop by Life's goalkeeper Emily Hounsell.

The scoreless match was broken in the 30th minute as the Blue Raiders attacked the Running Eagles defense and were awarded a penalty kick. Alicia Thoresen took the penalty and scored the first goal of the match to give the Blue Raiders a 1-0 lead.

The Blue Raiders lead was short-lived as Hreggvidsdottir's second shot of the match found the back of the net in the 33rd minute to even the score. Lindsey Wilson tried to grab the lead in the final moments of the first half as shots by Thoresen and Lindell were saved by Hounsell and both teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.

The Blue Raiders were aggressive coming out of the break as Nakayenze looked to regain the lead on a header in the 48th minute that was saved by Hounsell. Lindsey Wilson kept the pressure on as shots by Thoresen in the 57th and 64th minutes missed their marks and the score remained tied at one.

Life ramped up their aggression late in the second half as shots by Hreggvidsdottir and Leah McDaid in the 70th and 79th minutes, respectively, were saved by Coan to prevent the Running Eagles lead.

Lindsey Wilson attempted to seal the game in the waning moments of the second half as Hounsell saved a header from Larissa Modesto De Souza and the second half ended with a 1-1 tie.

Both Lindsey Wilson and Life recorded six shots in the second half, while Coan and Hounsell tallied three saves in the second period.

Fatigue started to creep in for both sides during overtime as only one shot was mustered during the first overtime period. Lindsey Wilson gained some energy in the second overtime period as fired three shots.

The Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team looks to keep their unbeaten conference record in tack as they face No. 5-ranked Cumberlands (KY) on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 11amCT.

This story was posted on 2021-09-28 21:56:31
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