OLIVET, Mich. - It was a wild finish in their first game of the season as the Trine University women’s soccer team pulled out a 2-1 victory in double overtime over Manchester University on sophomore Eleni Agelopolous’ (Munster, Ind./Munster ) goal in the extra frame.
The Spartans would strike first as they netted the first goal just 12 minutes into the game after their initial shot was blocked by a Trine defender.
Trine would answer back just before halftime as the freshman duo of Lindsay Hoffman (Millbury, Ohio/Lake) and Kayla Case (Olivet, Mich./Olivet) connected on a through ball up the middle as Case scored from six yards out.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half as both teams tallied five shots in the period, sending the game into overtime.
The first extra frame saw the Thunder take two shots on goal but was denied their opportunity to take the game.
Trine needed just one shot in the second overtime as Agelopolous netted the game-winner 3:26 into the period. Yet another freshman in Jamie McCarrell (Jackson, Mich./Jackson) found Agelopolous who was able to slip the ball past the Spartans keeper from 10 yard out.
Making her first collegiate start in goal for the Thunder was freshman Sloan Davis (Olivet, Mich./Olivet) and made eight saves on the nights to earn the victory.
Case led the Thunder with a game-high four shots on goal while Agelopolous has three shots on target.
For the game, Manchester out-shot the Thunder 15-14, but Trine was able to place 10 shots on goal while the Spartans had just nine.
Trine will return to action on the final day of the Comet Cup hosted by Olivet College where they will face the Milwaukee School of Engineering tomorrow, September 1 at 3:00 p.m.