October 13, 2004
Thomasville- One day after falling out of the top 25 for the first time in twenty weeks, the Thomas University women’s soccer team ( 7-4-1 ) responded with a 3-2 overtime win over fifth ranked Lee University ( 14-2-1 ).
Mie Kawashima scored her second goal of the game with only 59 seconds remaining in the match.
Thomas was first to get on the board in this end to end battle between the two Region 13 teams.
Claire McCombe netted the first goal for Thomas midway through the first period.
The game would stay at 1-0 headed into halftime.
Thomas would add to its lead with Kawashima’s first goal of the day early in the second half.
The two goal lead would not last long, as Lee answered with a goal to cut the lead in half.
Lee would then tie the game on a header over the outstretched arms of Thora Reyne Rognvaldsdottir with only fifteen minutes in regulation.
Both teams had several good chances to win the game in the closing minutes of regulation, but both Rognvaldsdottir and Lee keeper Cait Wohlander came up with big saves.
It was more of the same in both overtime periods, with both teams having equally good chances to seal the win.
With only 59 seconds left in the second overtime period, Kawashima knocked in the game winner from the edge of the six yard box to give Thomas the exciting 3-2 victory.
Lee came into the game with a 14-1-1 record and had outscored its opponents by an amazing 114-7 margin.
“I don’t know if I have ever been prouder,” stated head coach Eric Faulconer. “I have been challenging this team all season to find something a little deeper in them and today they found it.”
“There were so many emotional swings in this match, but we kept on fighting to beat a great Lee University team today" Faulconer said .
Thomas will be back in action against eleventh ranked Martin Methodist Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.
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