Wichita, Kan. – Regulation, overtime – it doesn’t matter. The St. Mary’s University women’s soccer team just keeps on winning.
The Rattlers escaped Kansas with a victory Thursday night, beating Newman University 1-0 on Ashlyn Leighton’s unassisted goal with 1:07 left in overtime.
Leighton (Fr., Houston) beat the goalkeeper one-on-one from 10 yards out, firing the shot into the left corner of the net for the victory.
It was Leighton’s third goal this season, but it more importantly earned the Rattlers their third straight Heartland Conference victory. St. Mary’s, which improved to 6-2 in conference play, is 8-2-1 over its last 11 games. The Rattlers are 9-6-1 on the season.
Earlier this week, St. Mary’s jumped to No. 7 in the South Central region, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
Newman’s Celia Myers drew a red card in the 94th minute in a game that also saw five yellows drawn.
Though St. Mary’s was outshot 23-9, Leighton ensured her third shot of the night was enough to allow the Rattlers to prevail. Goalkeeper Felicia Lombardo (Fr., New Braunfels, Texas) saved six shots in the shutout effort.