CLAREMONT, Calif. - In a rematch of last season's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament Semifinal match, the No. 3 seed Cal Lutheran women's soccer team was stunned by No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 3-2, after a golden goal by the Athenas in the first overtime period on Wednesday night at Pritzlaff Field.
The Regals struck first in the 18th minute after Maddy Griess tossed a powerful throw-in into the box and Nina Winsick connected on a header that went up and over the CMS keeper's outstretched hands and into the goal.
Just moments later, however, the Athenas earned a corner kick and converted the equalizer. Rhiann Holman controlled the ball in the box, turned, and fired a shot that hit off the top of the crossbar and deflected down and into the back of the net.
Right before the second half, in the 44th minute, Remi Edwards gave CMS a 2-1 lead after the ball was kicked around at the top of the box and Edwards was able to poke it through the CLU defense for a goal.
Nearly midway through the second half, Riley Martin and Ryley Settles set up Sarah Tadeusiak for the game-tying goal in the 66th minute of action. In the final 20 minutes, the Regals had a handful of looks at the goal, including a pair of corner kicks, but neither team found the net and would head to overtime.
Not long after the overtime period began, Laynee Laube raced down the right side of the pitch for CMS and lofted a shot from a tricky angle that managed to land in the back corner of the net. The golden goal gave the Athenas a 3-2 overtime win and they will host No. 4 seed Chapman in the SCIAC Tournament Final on Saturday.
CMS outshot the Regals 14-11 for the game and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Bri Pinal and Kali Youngdahl led CLU with three shots apiece and Coral Hasley finished with two saves.
Cal Lutheran finishes its season 12-5-4 overall and placed third in the SCIAC with a 6-4-4 record.