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WHITEWATER, Wisconsin – A double overtime thriller for the Capital University women's soccer team, as they defeated the University of Chicago, 1-0, in double overtime in round one of the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament.
The score was no ordinary one though, as Quinn's textbook corner kick was driven down in a scrum of Crusaders in the box, to which Richards came up with and sneaked the ball into the net just outside the goal line in the box.
"Very exciting to see Claire (Quinn) and Mariah (Richards) connect on that corner kick," said head coach Chris Kouns.
The lone goal of the match came after over 100 minutes passed, to which neither team managed to get a clean shot on goal, leading to 12 minutes of extra time.
"We're extremely excited to advance to the round of 32," Kouns said. "We've talked all year about how greatness awaits, and we have an opportunity to do something special tomorrow should we win and notch another school record in advancing again in the NCAA Tournament."
As the game progressed in the first half of play, both teams exerted a very physical style of play, to which the referees controlled by issuing a combined 16 fouls between Capital and Chicago in the opening frame.
"I was very pleased with the defensive effort tonight," Kouns said. "In the midst of gusty winds, I thought the first half was played well in keeping the ball on the ground and neutralizing Chicago's success in handling the ball."
The Maroons managed to unload 17 total shots in the first half, four of them coming on goal, while the Crusaders tallied six total shots in the opening half.
"When we switched sides after halftime, we lost a bit of our focus playing with the wind," Kouns said. "That was disappointing not being able to put the game away in the second half, but once again, a testament to this team's resilience, as we went against the wind again in overtime, maintaining strong composure, keeping the ball in front of us, finding a way to win."
In total, Chicago outshot Capital, 22 to seven, but the Crusaders came up with the all-important shot for goal, extending their win streak to seven, dating back to Oct. 22.
Leading the way for the Crusaders was Richards, scoring her second goal of the year, while Quinn picked up her third assist on the season.
Senior goalkeeper Maggie Donnellan saved all seven shots on goal that she faced, locking down Capital's goal for the fourth straight game.
"We've been keying in on what it means to play focused throughout championships and tournaments," Kouns said. "And that's what we did here tonight."
With the win, the Capital (17-4-1) advances to the second round of the NCAA Division III women's soccer Tournament, taking on the host, and No. 16 nationally ranked, University of Wisconsin Whitewater on Sunday at 5 p.m.
"A quick turnaround tomorrow as we face a very good Whitewater team," Kouns said. "Once again, we will do our best to put on another show like we did tonight."
Wisconsin Whitewater (17-0-4) defeated St. Scholastica (Minn.) earlier on Saturday, 3-2, in a game that extended the Warhawks' unbeaten streak to 17 straight games.
The Warhawks scored took a two goal lead into halftime, before surrendering a pair of goals in the second half to the Storm, forcing overtime.
Then in the 91st minute, the Warhawks scored the decisive goal, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Leading the way for Wisconsin Whitewater was freshman Brianna Reid, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, while freshman Sierra High tallied a goal and an assist in the game.
Freshman Emma Guilfoil also recorded a goal for the Warhawks, while junior goalkeeper, Jordan Myers, tallied nine saves on the night.
Throughout the 2013 season, the Warhawks have been led by Reid, who leads the team in points (31) and goals (13), while also sitting in a three way tie for second place on the team in assists (5).
Freshman Carly Pottle follows, placing second on the team in points (23) and goals (9). Myers leads the team in goal, having started 13 of 21 matches this season, posting a 0.87 goals-against average, .811 save percentage, en route to a 16-0-4 record in the net.
A total of five players on Wisconsin Whitewater's team have recorded at least 11 points on the season, while two other players follow closely behind with nine points apiece.
In addition, three of the Warhawks top five points leaders are first year players, having recorded a combined 71 of the team's 135 total points.