Virginia Beach, Va. – An exhilarating double-overtime game ended in heartbreak for Mississippi University for Women on Friday morning as the Owls saw their record-breaking season end with a 3-2 defeat in Day 2 of the USCAA Championship Tournament.
The first half was off to a rocky start for the Owls with the Bengals scoring two goals, taking the lead into second half 2-0. However, the Owls came back in the second half ready to fight.
Senior Morgan Dennis kick-started the Owls' offense with a goal in the 53rd minute to put the Owls on the board and cutting into the Bengals lead. The Owls' offense continued to work hard getting off ten shots in the second half.
Trailing by one goal with less than 15 minutes of play left, Senior Britain Welzien nailed one past the Bengals' defense for a goal tying the game 2-2.
The Owls' offense fought hard in the first overtime recording 5 shots and defensively holding the Bengals to only one shot. Neither teams were able to put one through leading to double overtime.
Going into double overtime the Owls women's soccer team battled against the Bengals, but unfortunately fell short. The Bengals were able to find the back of the net on a corner kick in the 103rd minute.
This was the first USCAA Tournament appearance for the Owls women's soccer team while posting their best record in school history. For their efforts during the season, Seniors Britain Welzien and Caroline Grafe were awarded the 2019 USCAA All-American. Head Coach Jack Byrd was also named the 2019 USCAA Women's Soccer D1 National Coach of the Year.