“We did not get off to our best start today,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “New Mexico State had high energy and threw us off our game. But, at the end of the day we fought hard and found a way to win, which is impressive knowing that we did not have our best game. The team stepped up in overtime, with Kat and Taylor combining for a beautiful goal. I’m proud of their effort.”
The Redhawks struck first, taking the early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute as Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) was pulled down in the box. Julia Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.) scored on the resulting penalty kick.
Natasha Howe (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Verdoia added shots for the Redhawks in the 19th and 20th minutes, but the ball remained near midfield as the next shot of the match would not come until 10 minutes later. In the 30th and 32nd minutes, Mary Hill (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Heather Thomas (Woodinville, Wash.) added shots, both sailing wide, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.
The Redhawks drew a corner kick in the 68th minute and again in the 77th minute, but they were not able to convert on the scoring chances.
In the 85th minute, Layla Todd evened the score for the Aggies (4-11-2, 1-7-1 WAC), shooting the ball into the net after a rebound off the crossbar following a free kick. Jennae Cambra was credited with the assist.
In the first overtime period, the Redhawks looked to have taken the win, as Verdoia sailed the ball into the net, but Seattle U was called offsides and the goal was waved off.
In the 106th minute, just over halfway through the second overtime period, Taylor Ritzman (Holladay, Utah) scored the game-winner, her fourth career game-winning goal, on a cross by Kat Prati (Moorpark, Calif.).
In goal, Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) made three saves in the win while Jessica Schutter made two saves, allowing two goals, including the game-winner.
As a team, the Redhawks drew three corner kicks to NMSU’s two, and outshot the Aggies, 12-6. Verdoia led Seattle U with three shots, one on goal.
The Redhawks finish their final two-game regular season roadtrip of 2013 at Kansas City (9-7-1, 6-3-0 WAC) on Sunday, October 27 at 11 a.m. PT. Links to available live stats are on the women’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.