EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE women's soccer team defeated Austin Peay 1-0 in overtime Friday on senior night. The Cougars improve to 3-5 (2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) and the Governors fall to 6-3-1 (1-1-1 OVC).
"We knew going in it was going to be tough," SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. "We had to play hard and over time it's about playing with heart and playing for teammates."
In the first half, SIUE outshot Austin Peay 9-4. They had multiple good looks on target, but Austin Peay goalkeeper Mary Parker Powell recorded five saves in the half.
The second half was much of the same with good looks from both teams.
In the 57th minute, Austin Peay's Amber Bateman took a ball into the box and hit the post with a low driven shot.
SIUE's Tamia Cash tried to slide in a shot near post from around 20 yards out, but Powell kept it out of goal.
In extra time, SIUE recorded three shots, including the winner by Angel Ikeda. Courtney Benning crossed the ball into a scrum inside the six yard box, where Ikeda slotted it home for her first goal of the season.
"There's a reason they were undefeated in conference play coming in," added Burton. "They played tough, played hard, and put up a great fight, but I think we deserved it. We did well keeping the ball."
The Cougars took 21 shots on the night, the second most this season.
"That doesn't surprise me with the team we have," said Burton on the shot total. "We're definitely capable of attacking teams and being that offensive-minded if we put our mind to it."
SIUE will be back in action Sunday, when it plays host to Murray State at 1 p.m.