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Martinez’s Goal Lifts KWU Soccer to Win

KSAL Sports - September 18, 2013 6:43 am

~Courtesy KWU Sports Information~

Melissa Martinez‘ fifth goal of the young season couldn’t have come at a better time. The sophomore forward scored just a minute and 16 seconds into the second overtime period to propel the No. 24 ranked Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes to a 2-1 double overtime win over MidAmerica Nazarene on Tuesday night at Salina Stadium.

The win snapped a five-match winless streak (two ties and three losses) for the Coyotes, who just returned Monday evening from a trip to Florida where they played the No. 6 and No. 4 ranked teams in the NAIA.

The match started almost 45 minutes later than scheduled thanks to a high school game at Salina Stadium that went into double overtime and ended in a tie.

Neither team scored in the first half, and chances were scarce for both teams. Crystal Sanchez had a good look for the Coyotes in the 11th minute, and Martinez had a look in the 15th minute but both shots were stopped by MNU keeper Breanna Oddo.

Sanchez nearly put the Coyotes ahead in the in the 43rd minute when her shot hit the crossbar, and the match would head to the break scoreless.

Finally the Coyotes got in the net in the 70th minute. After a MNU foul, Crystal Sanchez took a direct kick and sent the ball into the penalty area just outside of the six-yard box to the waiting head of Kelsey Strang who converted the chance.

MNU, who was unbeaten in its six previous matches, got the equalizer in the 87th minute on a goal by Kalyn Pfaff.

After a scoreless first overtime, Martinez would break through the MNU defense and play a ball sent deep by Sanchez, veer around a defender and get behind the keeper and score the match winner with 8:44 to go in the second overtime period to give the Coyotes the win.

Wesleyan improved to 2-3-2 overall and was led by Sanchez with four of Wesleyan’s ten shots on the night. Tielrooy went the distance in goal with three saves.

The Wesleyan Road Warriors, who have already traveled over 5000 miles since the season started, are back on the road on Saturday as they head to Baldwin City to take on Baker University. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. from Liston Stadium.