Field Hockey Wins Double Overtime Nail Biter at Home

The Bills started their first home stand of the year Sept. 21 and continued A-10 play with the Saint Francis Red Flash.

Field Hockey Wins Double Overtime Nail Biter at Home

   The Red Flash came out of the gate with a red-hot offense, as they were able to take the early lead with a rocket from senior forward, Brea Seabrook.

   The Billikens were able to answer with a strike of their own, as freshman forward Lili Wareham needed less than a minute to equalize the game once again.

   The scoring outburst was brought to a halt until halftime. However, just a minute into the second half, freshman forward Ashlee Kothenbeutel decided she was done with a tie score, as she put the ball past the Red Flash keeper and gave SLU the lead.

   The Bills seemed destined for a victory, until the final five minutes of the match when they allowed goals to sophomore defender Taylor Massage and the second goal of the game to Seabrook off of a penalty corner.

   The Billikens then moved on to face the Davidson Wildcats just two days later, again in the comfort of Sportport.

   Scoring for the game was again started by Wareham, as she vaulted the Billikens into the lead with a goal in the seventh minute.

   Unfortunately for the Bills, that was all of the offense they would get for the day, since the Wildcats defense treated them like a defenseless hiker and mauled them at every scoring opportunity.

   The Wildcats started their scoring midway through the first half, as senior forward Kristin Kisa put the equalizer in the back of the cage.

   Then, with under five minutes left in the game, Kisa decided that one goal simply wasn’t enough and she smoked the game winner and second goal of the game past the SLU keeper.

   After a heartbreaking loss, the ladies were hungry for a win in their last matchup at home with the La Salle Explorers Sept. 28.

   The Explorers weren’t satisfied with their weekend-long exploration of St. Louis, and decided they needed to explore the back of the cage as well, taking a 1-0 lead. However, Kothenbeutel did not let the lead stand for long as she fired back in the 20th minute with a goal of her own to even the score.

   The scoreboard read exactly the same from the 20th minute to the 38th, until senior midfielder Megan Kida used the map from the first half to sneak one past SLU keeper Sasha Sander for the Explorers second score of the day.

   Just five minutes later, Emily Wastell decided she was not going to deal with another one-goal loss, as she put the equalizer in the back of the cage and sent the game to overtime.

We knew we had the ability to win. We just had to show it.

— Jordan BeSore


   The score remained deadlocked through two overtime periods, as neither squad was able to end the contest. “Ending in shoot-outs was thrilling, and it was amazing to see the skill of our offensive players,” said BeSore. That skill was evident with Carly Kissinger, as she ripped up LaSalle’s map and left the Explorers scrambling for direction with her shoot-out goal to seal a win for SLU.

   The ladies will be back in action again Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in Bloomington, Ind. as they take on Big Ten opponent Indiana University.