The Beloit College women’s soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat North Park University 4-3 on the road Tuesday night. Genesis Dade’s penalty kick goal in the 82nd minute was the game-winner.
As the score would suggest, the game did not lack offense as the fast-paced affair saw the teams combine for 38 shots, 11 corner kicks and seven goals.
The Vikings scored the first two goals of the game, the first in the tenth minute followed by another in the 23rd minute. Candance Cunningham cut that lead in half with her second goal of the season in the 30th minute.
Dade and Midori Tanada each had scoring chances but were unable to cash in and in the 38th minute, the Vikings extended the gap back to two, 3-1 following a foul.
Kayla Erickson provided the final scoring chance for Beloit in the half but her shot was saved by North Park’s keeper.
The Bucs got to work quickly after the break capitalizing on a corner kick. Nikki Hebel took the corner finding Lexi Miller to pull the Bucs within one, 3-2 in the 51st minute. Less than two minutes later, Beloit’s Heather Metcalfe got in on the action with her first goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.
The score would remain knotted courtesy of some great saves by each team’s keeper as the offenses fired off a drove or shots. Dade finally broke the stalemate in the 82nd minute.
Dade was able to get in behind the North Park defense and was fouled in the box with less than ten minutes remaining. The senior cued up the penalty kick and went with a driving shot beating the diving North Park goalie near the left post for a 4-3 Bucs lead.
North Park had two chances in the final minutes of the contest but one flew wide of the right post and the other was saved by Beloit keeper Connor Keegan-Lloyd to seal the win.
Keegan-Lloyd made eight saves in the game to pick up the win.
Up Next: The Bucs host Illinois Tech (IIT) Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m.