Wilson's Golden Goal Lifts Fighting Hawks in Double Overtime
With less than three minutes in double overtime, the University of North Dakota's Meghan Wilson deflected a ball from Mara Yapello into the Saint Mary's College net at a soggy Bronson Field to lift the Fighting Hawks to their first victory of the season, 2-1.
Yapello, who tied the match in the 54th minute off a corner kick cross from Bailey McNitt, took advantage of a failed clearance attempt by the Gaels defense as she charged a loose ball and rocketed it through a crowded 18-yard box. The whistling ball curled through traffic and found the foot of Wilson, who casually heeled the ball past SMC's Maleah Milner in the 108th minute for the match's golden goal.
"I got a nice ball in from Mara, and I put whatever I had on the back of it to put it in the net," said Wilson after the match.
The victory was UND's first of the season, improving the team to 1-0-1. Saint Mary's tour of North Dakota dropped the Gaels to 0-2-0 on the season.
While the North Dakota attack prospered on its set-piece chances, the Gaels also took advantage from the corner as Malia Allison scored the first goal of the match in the 52nd minute.
"Going a goal and immediately responding, and after going through double overtime on Friday and being able to dig this one out, I couldn't be prouder of this team," said Head Coach Chris Logan. "That was a big statement win for our program. Saint Mary's were very talented, and it showed that we could hang with a team like that. (Saint Mary's) were phenomenal today."
Saint Mary's appeared prime to break the draw at the end of regulation as they held an 18-6 advantage in shots that included three-consecutive shots on goal in the 81st minute. Senior Catherine Klein was brilliant between the sticks for North Dakota as she closed the day with eight saves.
UND will return to the pitch on Wednesday, Aug. 28 to take on South Carolina State. The Hawks will close the trip with a contest at The Citadel on Aug. 30.