Sept. 29, 2019- The DePauw University field hockey team recorded its second golden goal victory of the season in its 4-3 overtime win against Concordia University Wisconsin.
The first quarter was a back and forth battle between the Falcons and Tigers, fighting for sole possession of the ball. With almost an equal amount of shots amongst the two teams, Concordia pulled ahead at the last second of the quarter with a goal off a rebounded save.
Down 1-0 the Tigers answered back in the 21st minute, following a corner penalty. Kate Milner initiated the corner, and the ball was fielded by Sarah Goff, who then passed it back to Milner for the tying goal.
Now tied midway through the second quarter, DePauw continued to keep the ball in Concordia's half, outshooting the Concordia 9-1. In the 28th minute of the game, Goff earned her second assist when she crossed the ball from one side of the cage to the other to find Allison Quackenbush. Quackenbush deflected the crossed pass, slipping the ball just past the Falcon's goalie to put the Tigers up 2-1.
The second half of play was a bit more physical, and Concordia came out strong despite being down a goal. DePauw kept its composure and managed to push the ball up the field with clean passes.
The Tigers would then capitalize once again off a corner initiated by Milner who was fed the ball back to her by Maddie Little to score DePauw's third goal. Not going away the Falcons cut the lead in half with an unassisted goal of its own, after missing out on numerous opportunities prior.
With the score 3-2 fourth quarter, the Tigers attempted to push its backline up to enhance its attacking. Unfortunately, Concordia Wisconsin took advantage of a gap and beat the Tigers' last defender to tie the game in the 53rd minute of regulation.
Outshot 8-3 by the Falcons, DePauw was unable to end the game during regulation but entered overtime with a strong seven verse, seven teams. After three minutes of play in overtime, it was a revolving door of substitutions on both benches. After a brief rest on the sideline, Cathy Zesiger reentered the game and finessed her way past the Falcon backline finding Milner on the opposite side of the circle.
Milner collected the cross and emphatically put the ball into the cage, recording her second golden goal of the season while tallying the second hat trick of her career.
DePauw improves to 5-4 overall and begins its North Coast Athletic Conference campaign next week against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m.