By Chris Kendrick, Northwood (Fla.) Sports Information Director
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Northwood (Fla.) women’s soccer team upset rival and top-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 3-2, in an overtime thriller Friday night at the Eagles Soccer Complex.
In the 22nd minute of play, Embry-Riddle broke a scoreless tie when senior forward Martine Olsen delivered a ball from midfield to the left wing finding senior midfielder Valerie Obita, who placed a cross pass to sophomore Andrea Froshaug. Northwood goalkeeper Matilda Ojaniemi committed to Obita, leaving the far side of the net open, and Froshaug found the back of the net, staking the Eagles to a 1-0 lead.
With 21:14 to play in the second half, Northwood was awarded a free kick opportunity far outside the Eagles box. On the ensuing attempt, senior midfielder Maria Tornqvist (Stockholm, Sweden) lobbed a deep ball in front of the Eagles goal, where senior forward Helen Lynskey leaped over her defender and headed home the equalizer, tying the game at 1-1.
Embry-Riddle regained the lead with 10:37 on the clock when Olsen launched a shot into the Seahawks box, where multiple players converged on the ball which trickled to Obita, who snuck a shot past Ojaniemi, capturing a 2-1 lead.
As the clock ticked under two minutes, Tornqvist placed the ball down the right sideline finding Andersson, who cross the ball in front of the Eagles net where it ricocheted off of Eagles freshman defender Gudrun Johnson and past sophomore goalie Olivia Lynch, sending the game to overtime knotted at 2-2.
With less than three minutes to play in the first overtime period, the Lady Seahawks drew another foul in the Embry-Riddle zone, resulting in a free kick. On the attempt, Lynskey curled a shot past the reach of Eagles sophomore goalie Olivia Lynch, sending Northwood to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Embry-Riddle.
This was Northwood’s first victory over a No. 1 team in the history of the program. The Lady Seahawks have extended their unbeaten streak to 32 consecutive matches.
“It was a great victory,” said Northwood Head Coach Mat Dunn. “It’s the first time in our history we have beat a number-one ranked opponent, so we set another milestone as a group. We fell a goal behind but carried on with our game plan, and in the second half we switched a couple things and totally took them apart and made it 1-1. We gave away a sloppy second goal, but just like on Sunday, we have shown the character to keep fighting until the end, pushed it into overtime, and they finished them off in overtime. [Embry-Riddle] isn’t the number one team for nothing, and they fought hard, but today we were the better team.”
The Lady Seahawks outshot the Eagles, 15-6 during the contest. Ojaniemi made three saves in the victory, while Lynch stopped three shots for Embry-Riddle.
The Seahawks improved to 9-1-1, and 5-0 in Sun Conference play, while Embry-Riddle dropped to 9-2-1, and 4-1 on the year. Northwood will return to the pitch against No. 24 Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia on Sunday afternoon.