Sophomore Margaret Woods netted the game-winner for the Musketeers in the 98th minute at NKU
Highland Heights, Ky. - You only have to win by one and sophomore Margaret Woods scored the game-winner for the Xavier women's soccer team in the 98th minute for the 1-0 win at Northern Kentucky Tuesday night. Woods' golden goal was the first of her career.
Xavier (3-3-0) improves to .500 for the season with its second-straight win heading into a two-game homestand this weekend. XU and Northern Kentucky (1-4-0) ended up tied in the shots category with 11 apiece. NKU recorded six corner kicks to XU's one.
Junior Mariah Whitaker got an awesome look at the goal in the 32nd minute as her shot hit the crossbar, bounced straight down and was cleared. Junior Laura Rao was there to collect the deflection but her shot was just right and into the side of the net. After the first 45 minutes, the Musketeers led the Norse in shots 7-1.
The Norse got their best look at the goal 10 minutes into the second half as Megan Frye nearly slipped the ball over the head of Xavier keeper sophomore Katie Markesbery. Markesbery was able to punch-out the shot over the top of the crossbar and the subsequent corner was cleared by the Musketeer defense.
Markesbery took some lumps in the contest, most notably in the 76th minute as Martha Staab chased a through-ball down, sliding into Markesbery in the six-yard box. In the 81st minute, senior Leslie Twehues thwarted a strong attack by the Norse, running down a NKU defender and stripping the ball away. Markesbery came up big for the Musketeers in the 82nd minute as Kelsey Zwergel sent a rocket towards the net but a diving Markesbery collected it for the save.
As time was winding down in the second half, junior Taylor Dearbaugh had a decent look at the goal, sending a shot off her left foot but NKU's Cassie Lingenhoel was able to collect it for the save.
Still tied at 0-0 after regulation, the two squads headed into overtime. The golden goal came in the 98th minute as Twehues shuffled the ball forward and Dearbaugh deflected it to Woods about 20 yards out. Woods beat the last line of defenders, dribbled toward the goal and shot from 18 yards out. The ball deflected off the Norse keeper and rolled into the back of the net to end the game with the Musketeers coming away with the 1-0 win.
Whitaker finished the night with three shots while Dearbaugh added two. Six other Musketeers took aim at the goal tonight as well, including Woods for her first career goal.
Markesbery (3-3-0) earned the win for the Musketeers. She played 97:23 in goal recording five saves and allowed zero goals against for her second-straight shutout.
Lingenhoel (1-4-0) was charged with the loss. She also worked the entirety of the contest, making one save and suffering one goal against.
The Musketeers return home on Friday as they are set to play host to the Indiana Hoosiers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Xavier Soccer Complex.