Women’s soccer tops Rhode Island in OT

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The women’s soccer team traveled to Rhode Island on Oct. 4 for their second Atlantic-10 conference matchup. Freshman forward Maddie Pokorny kicked off the scoring for the Billikens on a breakaway from the midfield to beat the goalie in the 31st minute, giving SLU a 1-0 lead. This was Pokorny’s third goal of the season and the only goal of the first half.

The Billikens continued to lead the Rams until Rhode Island tied the game on a penalty kick in the 46th minute. This equalizer would force the game into overtime, which was short lived, for SLU’s golden goal sealed the victory.

In the 96th minute, Pokorny made her first assist as a Billiken, finding junior forward Kirsten Clemens inside the box to give SLU a 2-1-overtime victory.

After the scoring the game-winning goal, Clemens now leads SLU’s scoring chart, having a total of 13 points off five goals and three assists, and is tied as the team’s leading goal scorer.

Senior goalkeeper Hanna Benben made five crucial saves for the Billikens, two of which came in overtime, and is now tied for third on the Billikens all-time career victories list with 20 wins. Benben is also third in the A-10 with a save percentage of .826.

The Billikens currently lead  the A-10 conference with 6.91 points per game, 2.45 goals per game, 2.00 assists per game and 18.00 shots per game. SLU is also third in goals against, with an average of 1.16, and is tied for fourth in shutouts with four.

The Billikens improve to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the A-10 conference. They will host A-10 opponent Richmond at home on Oct. 8 with a 7 p.m. start time.