Beloit, WI -- The Beloit Women's Soccer team sent the month of August out with a flourish, shaking off the shock of a late Lakeland College goal with a 3-2 win in overtime on Sunday at the Strong Complex Soccer Field.
Devin Mandell scored her second goal of the game at the 107:41 mark of the second extra period to give the Buccaneers their first win of the 2014 season. But that was just the last act in a collection of dramatic moments in the final 30 minutes of the match.
The Muskies jumped on top just under 16 minutes into the game and made that lead stand up for nearly 50 minutes. Rylie Partin scored her first collegiate goal, assisted by Kirsten Takaki and Mandell, at 65:35 to tie it up at one apiece. Mandell then scored her first goal of the game 10 minutes later to put Beloit up with time running down.
But the time didn't quite go fast enough. Fifty-seven seconds from the win in regulation LC scored on a long-range blast that bounced in, forcing the Bucs' second overtime in as many contests.
After a scoreless first 10 minutes Mandell tallied just over two minutes into the second, and final, overtime to set off a celebration by the Beloit coaching staff, players and fans.
Lakeland held a narrow advantage in shots, 20-19, while the Buccaneers had seven corner kicks to the Muskies' three. Alex Spirov made nine saves in net for the win, pushing her well over the 300-career saves mark and into fourth place all time.
After a busy opening weekend, with 217-plus minutes of soccer in two games, Beloit has a few days before hitting the road, playing at Concordia University Chicago on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. They return home next Saturday when they host North Park University at 11:00 a.m. at the Strong Complex Field.