Galesburg, Ill. - The Roosevelt women's soccer team won its first game in the young history of the program with a captivating 3-2 overtime win over the Knox College Prairie Fire on Monday afternoon at Jorge Prats Field.
"It was a warm day for both teams, and I am very proud of the way our team continued to press and push themselves despite the conditions," head women's soccer coach Shaun Kohn said. "This is a nice step for our program, though we know we need to continue to work hard as there is plenty we can improve upon."
Freshman Ahissa Bustos led the way for the Lakers (1-2-0) scoring two goals on the day, including the golden goal just 23 seconds into overtime.
Roosevelt took control of the ball early on Monday, putting the Prairie Fire (0-2) under pressure in the first five minutes of play. In the 11th minute, Bustos took a ball from Samantha Anderson and made no mistake finding the net, scoring the first-ever goal in Roosevelt women's soccer history.
Despite Roosevelt dominating possession, Knox evened the game at 1-1 in the 36th minute with a half-chance volley from 35-yards out.
In the second half, Roosevelt maintained the majority of the possession and finally found the breakthrough in the 65th minute. Freshman Carli Schlaker found Rubby Moran, who was able to get behind the Knox high line. She composed herself and knocked the ball over the keeper's head and into the goal for a 2-1 Lakers advantage.
Knox pressed late and was rewarded with an 88th minute goal, forcing the game into overtime.
In the sudden-victory overtime, Knox never touched the ball before it found the back of the net for Roosevelt. The Lakers kicked the ball off, stringing passes together, with Quin Wessels finding Bustos who managed her way around the last Knox defender. Bustos beat the Prairie Fire keeper from 16-yards out, delivering Roosevelt its first-ever win.
"I was excited to be a part of the first win in school history," said freshman Mackenzie Money, a William Mason High School (Ohio) graduate. "Everybody worked hard and gave their all for the win today."
The Lakers finished the match with 15 shots on goal, to Knox's five.
The Roosevelt women's soccer team will travel to Springfield, Illinois Saturday to take on Benedictine University at 2 p.m.