By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
An infusion of youth continues to push the Stephens College soccer program to new heights. On Tuesday, the Stars defeated St. Louis College of Pharmacy 2-1 in overtime for their first win in the American Midwest Conference. In addition to the AMC feat, the Stars improved to 4-6-1 on the season and surpassed their previous best for wins in a single season.
Freshmen Martha Noelker and Megan Peterson found the back of the net Tuesday afternoon, with the latter delivering the golden goal in the 96th minute.
The path hasn’t always been easy for Stephens, which reinstated its varsity soccer program in 2012. Prior to Tuesday’s triumph, the Stars had lost 34 out of 35 AMC contests and registered its first draw in league play against Central Baptist one week ago.
Early on, St. Louis College of Pharmacy led the battle in scoring opportunities, but was unable to convert. The Eutectics registered two shots on target in the first 20 minutes along with a shot in front of the goal that was blocked by Bridget Teixeira.
Stephens beat STLCOP to the punch in getting on the scoreboard when Martha Noelker registered her 11th goal of the season. Beginning with a pass from Sarah Vitel, Noelker followed up a deflected shot on goal from captain Dani Wilson and punched it in at the 29:39 mark.
Following the goal, both teams were quiet on the offensive front. The Stars went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The Eutectics evened the match at 1-1 in the 53rd minute with a fluke goal. Into the wind, STLCOP’s Emily Nickels chipped the ball up in the air and watched it descend at the perfect angle over SC goalkeeper Jordan Mayle.
Stephens and St. Louis College of Pharmacy both had their chances to put the game away in regulation, but came up empty. It marked the second time in four matches that the Stars were headed to overtime.
Nearly six minutes passed in OT before a shot was taken and it was worth the wait. While taking the ball up the sideline, Megan Peterson decided to cut inside and had open field in front of her to take the shot. Peterson placed it upper 90 off the crossbar and into the net before the team celebration ensued.
The Stars will look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to take on Lincoln Christian, a team they beat 11-1 on Saturday (Sept. 26). While in Illinois, Stephens will also visit Rockford College on Oct 2 at 10 a.m.
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