Thrilling Double Overtime Win

Concordia players celebrate a goal that eventually got called back in the second half of the Cobbers' win over St. Olaf.
Concordia players celebrate a goal that eventually got called back in the second half of the Cobbers' win over St. Olaf.

STORY LINE: Kalli Baarstad continued her breakout season by scoring the game-winning goal in the third minute of the second overtime to give Concordia a 1-0 win over regionally-ranked St. Olaf. The game was dominated by a 15-20mph wind which blew from end-to-end and gave the team going with the wind a decided advantage. The Cobbers survived going against the wind in the first overtime period and then used the edge to come up with the game winner at the 102:01 mark.

RECORDS: Concordia has now won two straight and has only lost once in its last six games. The Cobbers are 6-5-3 in all games and 2-3-2 in the MIAC. St. Olaf has its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end. The Oles, who were ranked 10th in the latest USC North Region Rankings, are now 8-3-2 in all games and 5-2-1 in league play. St. Olaf was unbeaten in its last five MIAC games heading into Saturday.

The win was also the Cobbers' first over the Oles since the 2012 season.  

SUCCESSFUL SIX: Concordia six wins on the season are one more than they had in all of last season and the most since the 2015 campaign when they went 12-8-0 and advanced to the MIAC semifinals.

EIGHT IS GREAT: Kalli Baarstad entered the 2018 season having scored just three goals in her first two seasons in maroon and gold. She now has eight goals in the team's first 14 games of the year. She has one goal in three of the team's last four games. Baarstad leads the team in goals and points (19). She is currently tied for seventh in the MIAC in goals scored in overall games and is tied for sixth in total points.

ALMOST DONE IN REGULATION: Concordia appeared to have scored a goal late in the second half off of a free kick. Baarstad sailed a shot from the left wing that went over the top of the St. Olaf goalie and into the net. The Cobbers celebrated the potential game winner but the call was reversed a minute later after the center referee consulted with the assistant referee who deemed that the Ole goalie hadn't touched the ball before it went into the net on the indirect kick.   

A CROSSBAR AND A GREAT SAVE: Concordia had a little luck and a lot of skill to keep St. Olaf off the scoreboard in regulation. The Oles had a direct kick from 20 yards out clank off the crossbar in the first half and then Cobber goalie Maddy Reed made an incredible diving save in the second half. Reed was able to dive high to her right to tip a shot around the post which was labeled for the upper left corner of the net.  

REED RANTS: Maddy Reed made 12 saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season. Her diving stop in the second half was the toughest of the 12 as most shots were taken from outside the penalty area, Reed now has 13 career shutouts.  

UP NEXT: Concordia enters a big week of conference play as they continue on their trek for a playoff spot. The Cobbers will go on the road to face a pair of teams in the Top 3 of the MIAC standings. CC will play at league-leading St. Thomas on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. and then at 3rd-place Augsburg on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m.