WATERTOWN, WI – The women’s soccer team fell behind early, tied the game and finally delivered a double-overtime thriller at the feet of freshman forward Emily Hinsenkamp (Harrison TWP, MI), vaulting the team to a 6-5 record over the Ohio Christian Trailblazers on a sunny Friday afternoon.
Ohio Christian, with the wind at their back in the first period, scored at the 10th minute and followed up three minutes later with their second goal to put the Crusaders in a 2-0 hole.
But Audrey Risma and the Crusaders dug themselves back to a one-goal deficit as the 5-0 freshman forward from Fort Collins, CO gave Maranatha their first goal at the 32nd minute with the assist by freshman forward Natascha Vinz (Cheboygan, MI).
Vinz took the Trailblazers by surprise near the end of the first half when the freshman forward sprinted past a defender and buried the equalizer for Maranatha a minute and a half before halftime.
Maranatha dominated the second half, peppering Ohio Christian’s goalkeeper with 11 shots on net, all of which were turned away. An edge-of-your-seat contest ensued in the following minutes, with several scoring opportunities late, one, a shot from Olivia Doerstling (Lantana, TX) with just six minutes on the clock and the other, a corner kick by freshman midfielder Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI) at the 89th minute.
But 90 minutes plus the first overtime wasn’t enough for either team as Hinsenkamp’s first attempt to end the game with two minutes left in the first extra period, was turned away by Ohio Christian’s goalkeeper.
The 6-0 forward would not be denied in the second overtime though, as Vinz, with several defenders swarming her, passed out to a wide-open Hinsenkamp, who buried a shot in the upper left corner of the net as the team celebrated their sixth win of the season.
Maranatha has now won four of their past six games and will play their third game in as many days on Saturday, against Illinois Institute of Technology at 6:00 p.m. in Chicago, IL.