By Chris Kendrick, Northwood (Fla.) Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Northwood (Fla.) women’s soccer squad handed visiting No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) their first defeat of the season in a 3-2 overtime win Sunday afternoon at Arrigo-Vecellio Field.
After 17 minutes of scoreless play, St. Thomas struck first when senior forward Melony Poviones intercepted a goal kick out of the Lady Seahawks zone and fired a long, lofted shot over the head of Northwood senior goalkeeper Matilda Ojaniemi, staking the Lady Bobcats to a 1-0 advantage.
Less than five minutes later, the Lady Seahawks pulled even when senior forward Helen Lynskey received a pass from freshman forward Johanna Engberg outside the St. Thomas box and placed a shot over Lady Bobcats senior goalie Ariana Lorenzo into the far right corner, tying the game at 1-1 with 22:25 to play in the first half. The score remained knotted at 1-1 heading into halftime.
In the 50th minute of play, St. Thomas regained their second lead of the day when senior midfielder Sara Mira took a pass on the left side of the box and blasted a shot past the reach of Ojaniemi and into the lower right corner, putting the Lady Bobcats up 2-1 early in the second half.
With 26:30 on the clock, Northwood rallied to pull even with St. Thomas again. Sophomore midfielder Louise Andersson streaked down the right sideline and delivered a pass in front of the Lady Bobcats goal to the waiting Engberg, who controlled the ball, turned and rifled a shot past Lorenzo, to make it a 2-2 game, destined for ovetime.
Just over six minutes into the first overtime, the Lady Seahawks dealt the final blow when freshman Filippa Lindman placed a cross in front of the St. Thomas goal where sophomore midfielder Linnea Lindmark headed home the game-winner, sending Northwood to the 3-2 victory.
“It was a gritty performance for us,” said Northwood Head Coach Mat Dunn. “Both teams battled hard. [St. Thomas] is a very good team and we gifted them the first goal, so we had to play catch up. We showed good character to come from behind twice and then to go into overtime and finish it out was a great positive. I don’t think we played our best today, but we showed a different side to our team, that we can come from behind and grind out a result against a good team. Next we head to Embry-Riddle and it will be our fifth game on their field this season, so it’s kind of like a home game. We enjoy playing against them, and we want to challenge ourselves against the best. We just took down the number 16 team, and now we’ll go up against the number two team and see how we do.”
The Lady Seahawks outshot the Lady Bobcats, 17-14, during the contests. Ojaniemi made a game-high seven saves for Northwood, while Lorenzo stopped six shots in the loss. With the win Northwood extends their Sun Conference win streak to 31 games.
Northwood improves to 8-1-1 on the season, and 4-0 in Sun Conference, while St. Thomas drops to 8-1-1 and 3-1 in TSC play. The Lady Seahawks will return to the pitch in a road tilt against rival, and second-ranked, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Friday evening in Daytona Beach. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.