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KWU Women’s Soccer Ties Benedictine

KSAL Sports - September 12, 2013 6:17 am

ATCHISON – The No. 16 ranked Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team got its first hat trick of the season from sophomore Melissa Martinez as the Coyotes tied No. 19 ranked Benedictine College 3-3 on Wednesday evening at the BC Soccer Complex.

Martinez’ first goal came in the fifth minute on an assist by Mitzi Ibarra and Martinez put the Coyotes ahead 2-0 in the 17th minute with an unassisted score.

Benedictine halved Wesleyan’s lead in the 39th minute on a goal by Ashley Washburn as the Coyotes led 2-1 at the halftime break.

Martinez completed her hat trick in the 51st minute off an assist from Crystal Sanchez. Benedictine got a goal in the 64th minute from Brooklyn Sipp and then the equalizer in the 86th minute on an own goal. A Wesleyan defender tried to clear a ball in the box, but it took an awkward bounce and found its way into the KWU goal.

Both teams battled through the overtime period with chances to score, but neither team could find the golden goal. Benedictine had a chance at the end of the second overtime to win it, but the shot on the breakaway did not cross the goal line before time expired.

Martinez led the Coyotes with five of the team’s 16 shots, while Roxy Gomez had four. Emily Tielrooy had three saves in goal for the Coyotes.

Wesleyan is back in action on Friday as they head to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take on the No. 4 ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Eagles and then Wesleyan faces No. 6 ranked Northwood (Fla.) on Sunday.