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Senior forward Lindsay Rogers scored the game-winning goal in the first two minutes of overtime to lead the Lakeland College women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Northland International University Thursday afternoon at Muskie Field.
The Muskies (2-2) were first to score when senior midfielder Dana Schmidt (Menasha) found Rogers (Sheboygan) open inside the 18-yard box and played a through ball in the 34th minute. Rogers capitalized on the opportunity to give Lakeland a 1-0 lead at half.
It was an up and down game for the Muskies and Pioneers (0-1) in the second-half. Northland's Heather Thompson scored in the 84th minute to tie the game at one. Then, a Pioneers hand ball inside the 18-yard box forced a Muskies' penalty kick that senior midfielder Kristi Borts (Milwaukee) placed in the upper left-hand side to give Lakeland a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute.
Just four minutes later, it was the Pioneers' turn as Lakeland committed a foul to force a penalty kick. Thompson came up big for Northland again, netting her second goal to tie the game at two and force overtime.
Overtime didn't last long as Rogers netted her second goal of the game in the 92nd minute to give Lakeland the victory.
Head coach Tony Pierce was satisfied with the team's play and poise.
"It was an emotional game," said Pierce. "Unfortunately, we made a mistake in the 89th minute to allow Northland to tie the game, but we stayed composed and I am proud of the girls for continuing to battle to get the result we wanted. It's a great win, especially early in the season. Now we are .500 going into Ripon next Wednesday."
Lakeland sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sarbacker (Middleton) recorded eight saves on the game.
See what Rogers has to say about her game-winning performance:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQUcfQUQ_88
Lakeland returns to nonconference action on Sept. 14 as they travel to Ripon College. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. in Ripon, Wis.